Australia’s most esteemed junior football tournament for girls will take place from 4 July in Coffs Harbour, with over 300 of Australia’s best young female footballers in the 13 Years and 15 Years divisions set to participate in the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls.
The tournament held at C.ex International Stadium, Coffs Harbour will involve 19 teams from around Australia, with five teams contesting in each age division. Hosted by Northern NSW Football at the Coffs Harbour facility since 2006, last year marked the commencement of a further three-year tenure which will see the Championships, along with the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys returning to Coffs Harbour until 2017.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the National Youth Championships for Girls is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
“Supporting events in our region showcases our spectacular beaches, national parks and local attractions, while boosting our local visitor economy,” Mr Fraser said.
“Coffs Harbour is an ideal place to host yet again a national competition such as the National Youth Championships and we look forward to welcoming competitors and spectators to Coffs Harbour for another fantastic few days of football.”
The 2015-17 NNSWF bid was supported by long-time partner, Coffs Harbour City Council and Sports Unit, along with Destination NSW, with both recognising the significance of the tournament as a catalyst for tourism and economic benefit in the Coffs Harbour region and wider NSW and the partnership facilitating a strong bid.
NNSWF Chief Executive Officer David Eland said: “Northern NSW Football is delighted to again host the Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls which sees Australia’s best young female talent converge on Coffs Harbour to compete for a National title and to gauge their development against girls of the same age from around Australia.
“Northern NSW Football will be striving to follow up with another strong performance following the recent success of the Emerging Jets at the recent NTC Challenge in Canberra.
“Female football will be showcased at the Rio Olympics in August and we expect to see a further rise in the number of females playing our sport as a result of the success of the Matildas qualifying for Rio.
“With a Technical Panel consisting of FFA Coaching Staff in attendance throughout the week, the Championships provide young female players with the opportunity for identification for future Australian team camps and the potential to one day represent our country at the highest level,” Mr Eland concluded.
The Championships conclude on Friday 8 July when Champions will be decided before the presentation of trophies and medallions which will take place at 4:30pm.
To follow results and photos, please visit NNSWF Facebook Page throughout the tournament or follow the hashtag #WestfieldNYC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.