Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) congratulates Leonard Allen from Garden Suburb FC on his rebel Female Football Week (FFW) Community Award.
Leonard was nominated by NNSWF along with other worthy nominees from across Australia. The rebel Female Football Week awards were established to identify players, coaches, administrators, referees and males who have gone above and beyond in the delivery of women’s football.
rebel Female Football Week’s National Ambassadors assessed nominations and selected a winner for each category based on a set of criteria.
Leonard was awarded the Football Federation Australia rebel FFW Male Champion Award for his involvement at Garden Suburb FC, which is affiliated with Macquarie Football.
Leonard’s dedication to our great game is an inspiration. He fulfils the roles of President and Groundsman and somehow finds time to play in an Over 35s team, coach an ALDI MiniRoos for Girls Under 11 team. His dedication to growing and improving participation opportunities for females at Garden Suburb has been recognised through the rebel FFW Male Champion Award.
Leonard has worked tirelessly to increase the number of teams from All Age to ALDI MiniRoos and promoting the club’s female-only program. He was also instrumental in the establishment of a Women’s Coordinator/Vice President on Garden Suburb’s committee.
Leonard’s passion stemmed from the acknowledgement that the sport needed to better engage and enhance participation opportunities for females to enjoy the game.
Leonard implemented research among female teams to find out how the club could improve their experience. The research highlighted that the club needed to address the match day experience and provide females with better access to facilities and equipment.
This became Leonard’s focus and through his commitment and dedication, the club has grown across all age groups.
After changing something as little as having facilities accessible and female friendly, Leonard says within the club he has “seen girls get involved in Football that previously hadn’t played an organised sport.”