The launch of Australia’s first dedicated Women’s Sports Network is a positive step in creating gender balance in all forms of sporting achievements, accessibility and fairness for all players, regardless of gender, race, religion, colour or creed.
The W concept was first created by founder Hanh Nguyen, whose passion for soccer, combined with her strong involvement in all aspects of training, coaching and competition, gave her a unique insight into the gender inequalities of the game in Australia.
She noticed that resources such as professional training, suitable facilities, opportunities to partipipate in games and access to teams were significantly limited for women and girls.
The equivalent boys’ and men’s teams enjoyed far greater access to qualified coaches, referees, matches and league competitions, more support, far greater promotion and access to better facilities.
With the help of her close friend, international soccer player, coach and founder and Technical Director of iSoccer, Dao Phan, Ms Nguyen began to look at the myriad benefits of sport and decided to create opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender. She saw how quality coaching, suitable fields and facilities and the ability to join teams for fun and competitive play could be an invaluable resource, with far-reaching, life-altering outcomes both on and off the soccer field.
Through W’s sporting arm, women of all ages will have the opportunity to learn and develop their skills from an intenational-recognised coach, thanks to a range of programs designed specifically for women and girls, starting with specialised soccer coaching and then expanding to a full range of sporting options.
What are the benefits of playing sports?
- Becoming part of a team and finding your tribe
- Developing team-building skills
- Improving health and happiness
- Buildings self-confidence, self-worth and life skills
- Tackles social issues such as body-image and bullying by creating a strong support network
- Engages disadvantaged or ‘at risk’ women and girls to provide positive future pathways into coaching and sports-related careers
- Increased awareness of health and well-being
- Increased physical and emotional development
- Promotion of social integration, inclusion, conflict resolution and gender equality
- Fosters opportunities for leadership and achievement
- Challenges gender ‘norms’