CONTRIBUED BY KEVAN SANGER
Junior footballers at Capalaba FC came face to face with the Women’s World Cup trophy recently as it visited a Football Queensland carnival they were participating in.
Capalaba entered teams in the under nine to under 12 age groups at the WinterFest football carnival on the Sunshine Coast, and the kids were thrilled with a surprise visit by the FIFA trophy, which our national women’s football team the Matildas are currently competing for here in Australia.
Teams from all over Queensland participated in the carnival, which Capalaba’s Technical Football Director Gary Bailey described as “a great learning experience” for his club’s youngsters.
“Our junior academy teams got the opportunity to play against teams from Cairns, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast, which they don’t get to do in their regular weekly competitions against local Brisbane teams. It was a great event and really valuable for their development as footballers,” commented Bailey.
He went on to say that the Capalaba club is expecting the current Women’s World Cup to ignite even more interest in the sport, with the best female footballers on the planet visiting our shores for the tournament.
“We expect the World Cup to drive even more registrations next season, especially with the Matildas playing a couple of games in Brisbane.”
The club currently fields both boys and girls teams in the Football Queensland Academy leagues from ages eight to 18, and they are already planning for the next one. Trials for their junior academy teams (boys and girls) will be held in October and November this year, with next season set to kick off in January.