The Combine was created to give young female footballers an opportunity to better their football and everything that comes with it. We decided to make this event a celebration and reward for some fantastic young footballer from across Victoria. We selected 30 girls who were either the top end of their local club, involved in TAC or selected School Sport Victoria and Under 18 state players to be a part of The Combine. This was also a very exciting day for Girls Footy Australia as it showed the recent partnership with "Base Sports Group" and involvement with “Own Journey” to create a holistic football program for our athletes.
They day started off with each athletes receiving a pack including a Lu Lu Lemon singlet and a pair of New Balance runners, the athletes where over the moon and it was a great way to kick off an amazing day. Following this the athletes had a session with Chyloe Kurdas from Own Journey about “The mindset to make it” to inspire our athletes. Chyloe toke the athletes and parents through an interactive session on growth mindset and self-talk, this was a very empowering session for the athletes and provided them with the tools to further develop their passion of football.
Up next was the Athletic testing run by Base Sports Group, the athletes tested their 10 and 20m sprint, vertical jump and agility. Each athlete walked away from the testing with a detailed review of their results including averages of the day and information about each test allowing them to learn from their experience and improve.
We finished The Combine off with a high intensity football session run by Katherine Smith and Sarah Lampard from the Melbourne Football Club. We heavily focused on kicking at the start of the session, taking the athletes through the basics to improve their techniques and then we put them through their passes with some decision making by foot. The athletes where taught a few new tips and tricks to give them an edge on their competition in ground balls, contested marking, tackling and spoiling.
Following from the success of The Combine we have recently lunch that The Combine will be running over the school holidays for any young female footballer to register. We are really excited give more young female footballers the chance to better themselves over the school holidays with a holistic football program. The link to the holiday program is www.girlsfooty.com.au/thecombine