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Blues immersed in girls' development

Girls development program launched Steven Trigg spoke to the media at Ikon Park today, as the club was on hand to assist with the launch of the Northern Football League Girls Football Development Program.

More than 150 junior female footballers from the Northern Football League converged on Ikon Park today, taking part in a development program.

With the Blues aiming to secure a licence for a women’s team in the inaugural competition next season, Carlton is authentically immersing itself in the development of young female footballers. 

The program, which runs throughout the year and is open to girls aged between eight and 18, includes six free two-hour sessions held over the school holidays.

Launched today at Ikon Park, Carlton CEO Steven Trigg was on hand to welcome representatives from the Northern Football League and AFL Victoria.

A group shot before training gets underway. (Photo: Carlton Media)

In five years, Trigg says the participation rate of women playing footy and joining clubs in the North has “gone through the roof”. 

“If you think about the numbers through the Northern corridor, we’re delighted to have the great privilege to operate in that area now, in terms of next-generation academies and the development of women’s footy,” Trigg said.

“For us to be able to partner with the Northern Football League and the AFL Victoria and bring some extra value, profile and expertise is a fantastic thing for all parties.” 

The Blues’ Visy Female Football Ambassador, Lauren Arnell, says it’s wonderful to see so many girls improving their footy skills. 

Carlton forward Levi Casboult encourages the girls. (Photo: Carlton Media)

“It’s really exciting to see some younger girls and old girls trying footy today and developing themselves – it’s great.”

When asked if she would have taken part as a young girl, Arnell’s answer was simple: “absolutely”.

“I would have loved the opportunity to run onto Ikon Park and have a kick around when I was a junior,” she said.

“There are coaches and Carlton players taking part too, so it’s great for the girls to have this experience.”

Carlton youngster Charlie Curnow congratulates the girls on a job well done. (Photo: Carlton Media)

Dylan Buckley, Levi Casboult, Sam Docherty, Simon White and Clem Smith were just a few of the players who took the girls through their paces.

The next session will be held next week on Wednesday 6 April.