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AFLW 2019: New scholarships and pathways emerge for aspiring female footy coaches (Australia)

AFLW players eyeing off a future in coaching will have the chance to hone their skills and fast track coaching dreams via new scholarships to be introduced over coming years.

The AFL Coaches? Association, in conjunction with Lucky Chicken Eggs, is taking steps to encourage current AFLW players into coaching.

On Wednesday, the AFLCA launched the ?Women?s Coaching Crusade? program, which aims to attract and upskill more women to coach at the highest level.

Part of the program will see two AFLW players be offered coaching scholarships over the next two years, with one in 2019 then another in 2020.

The two winners will participate in the AFLCA ?Next Coach? program and a study tour to the US, as well as receive mentoring from an AFL coach with at least 10 years? experience.

Four female AFLW assistant coaches are fronting the campaign: Natalie Wood (Geelong), Shannon McFerran (Carlton), Jane Lange (Melbourne) and Lauren Morecroft (North Melbourne).

?This is an incredible opportunity, and will foster a great deal of belief amongst the females that are interested in getting into coaching. To highlight the AFL Coaches Association?s Coaching Pathway and the amazing scholarship opportunity could be the impetus for a number of female athletes to pursue their coaching careers after they finish playing,? Wood said.



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