Last week the ANUAFC officially launched its new Women’s Leadership Scholarship at ANU’s   O–Week Market Day on campus. Prime News, ABC News, and the Canberra Times were in attendance on Wednesday as club president Caitlin Roy, chief executive of ANU Sport Mick Brady, and the AFL Canberra team launched the scholarship, which is the first of its kind for women’s AFL in Australia.

“It’s incredibly exciting. We have to thank AFL Canberra and ANU Sport for getting behind this initiative, it’s not just the ANU Australian Football Club, but our partners as well who have jumped on board to support this,” said Roy at the launch.

Speaking to ABC Radio Canberra last week, club vice president Jenny Church said “We’re uniquely placed in Australia to offer people not only a women’s footy scholarship so they can get in on the ground floor and really showcase the skills they may have built in youth girls footy or in other sports, but we’re also uniquely placed to offer people a world class academic experience, as well as a campus leadership experience, and we’re really excited to see what kind of amazing girls apply for the opportunity.”

The recipient of the Women’s Leadership Scholarship will receive $5,000 per year for the life of their study at the ANU, as well as the opportunity to develop their footy and leadership skills at the club, on campus and in the Canberra community. Further information about the scholarship can be found here. All new and continuing female ANU students with a passion for AFL (and other sports) are encouraged to apply. Applications close on 10 March 2017.

The Canberra Times’ coverage about the scholarship can be found on their website.

Learn more about the scholarship and get a glimpse of what’s women’s footy at the ANUAFC is like in this video:

A big thanks to all those who helped out at the Market Day stall. The club had a record number of signups and it’s great to see plenty of new faces already down at training!