ASK Charlotte McGillivray, anybody who says girls shouldn’t play football is insane.
Charlotte currently plays as the only female teammate in the Leitchville Gunbower Under 14s football team and is inspiring others to follow in her foot steps.
Last month on Wednesday, June 28, Charlotte ran a football clinic at Gunbower Primary School for 48 students from prep to grade six consisting of four activities focusing on football skills and drills.
Gunbower Primary School’s Glenn McMillan said it was inspirational to have Charlotte run the clinic at the school.
‘‘I think it will definitely encourage a few more girls to give it a go,’’ he said.
‘‘It also raises awareness because physical activity is essential to growing bodies, their ability to learn and mental health.’’
The day wouldn’t have been possible without a grant from Auskick Victoria.
Leitchville Gunbower Football Club’s Auskick Co-ordinator Casey McGillivray said it was really important to break stereotypes.
‘‘Once the girls are involved they love it, ’’ she said.
‘‘It’s just getting them to give it a go and know football isn’t just a boys sport.’’
Charlotte said it was nerve wracking picking up her studded boots for the first time last year but she soon fell in love with the sport.
‘‘My team mates are great and I’ve grown up with most of them so they’re really supportive,’’ she said
‘‘Of course there were people who weren’t thrilled about me playing but you just go out there and prove them wrong.’’
And prove them wrong she did — it was only earlier in June that Charlotte represented NSW in an all girls side made of students from across the state.
‘‘I just really want to see more girls playing because it’s an awesome sport and it doesn’t have to be a male dominated sport.