The Port Melbourne Football Club and St Mary’s Salesian Amateur Football Club are delighted to announce a 3-year Partnership that aims to provide pathways for women to come through community football and progress into the elite levels of VFLW and AFLW football.
The three year partnership aims to provide pathways for women to come through community football and progress into the elite levels of VFLW and AFLW football.St Mary’s Salesian President Greg Baum said that “This is an historic moment in the development of women’s football at our club. Our players will now have a pathway to go on and play at the highest level possible. We are excited that we can offer opportunities for young girls in our area to progress from under age to senior women’s football through our pathway partnership with Port Melbourne.”
After running a community women’s program for the last 3 years Port Melbourne has entered a women’s team in the VFLW competition in season 2021 and has formed an alignment with Richmond AFLW. St Mary’s Salesian plays in Premier A in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) and is one of the largest and most successful women’s clubs in the VAFA.Port Melbourne CEO Paul Malcolm said that the club is excited with the new partnership which will help to continue the development of women’s football in metropolitan Melbourne. Both clubs pride themselves on their community involvement which shows a great alignment of values.“
The partnership provides exciting marketing, communications and football development opportunities for both Clubs, and has created a sense of excitement as football resumes in 2021.
The Port Melbourne FC, also known as “The Borough” was founded in 1874. Greg Baum said that: “St Mary’s Salesian is very proud to be associated with such an iconic football club as Port Melbourne and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”