This is Our Why

Girls Footy Australia was created to further develop and educate talented young female footballers. With access to great facilities, specialised training programs and high-level coaching in an elite environment, we believe that full potential can be achieved. Here at Girls Footy Australia we put an emphasis on perfecting the fundamentals of football; kicking and handballing techniques, decision making, contested ball work, tackling and spoiling. These skills will be further matured while implemented in game like scenarios. We believe that an environment that is fun and judgement free, yet competitive will allow for the most progress. While developing an on-field skill set, we intend to educate each athlete in the best pre-habitation and warm up and warm down protocol and run athletic testing to help them understand the demands of the sport at the elite level. 

 

The Coaches

Katherine Smith
Head Coach & Co-founder

Katherine aims to provide young female footballers with an in-depth understanding of AFL as well as an elite development of skills to enhance the athlete’s performance. Katherine is currently playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Women’s AFL as well as the Eastern Devils in the Women’s VFL. Previously Katherine has represented Victoria 4 times at both an under 18 and under 16 level, captaining both teams in her final year. She has won a total of 6 national championships and been selected in the 3 All Australian teams. Off the field, Katherine has been a head coach of a premiership winning under 15 girls side and has coached at a representative level, leading her to win Female Coach of the year in 2015 at the age of 17.

 

Pepa Randall

Pepa is a player for both Melbourne FC and the Eastern Devils FC. Previously Pepa has represented the Western Bulldogs in the Exhibition Series as well as the senior Victorian state side in 2016. With a background in Athletics coaching Pepa aims to teach players individual skills based on strength and power. She is also a current VAFA Senior Women's Coach and has experience in coaching simple and complex skills as well as game styles in order to develop players and teams.

 

Sarah Lampard

Sarah is all about excitement and energy when it comes to coaching, she aims to create a fun environment allowing everyone to reach their potential. Sarah is currently playing at Melbourne Football Club in the Women’s AFL and VU Western Spurs. Previously Sarah has played in the Victoria Women’s AFL Academy and at a high level of basketball. She understands what elite behaviours look like and what it takes to get there. Apart from her success on the field, Sarah works for AFL Victoria as game development officer which gives her great experience when it comes to communicating with younger athletes.