Our Deadly Sista Girlz at Gilmore College were lucky enough to have Jan Cooper and the 2019 AFL Women's Cup pay them a visit.
Currently the West Coast Eagles Female Player Development Manager Jan was named the 2019 AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador.
Jan has been a great supporter of the sport for over 25 years and in her former role as the AFL National Female Football Development Manager, she was instrumental in the growth of female football around the country and the development of the AFLW.
Delivered by strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models, the Wirrpanda Foundation Deadly Sista Girlz program aims to improve engagement and education amongst school-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls, enabling them to make informed decisions about their personal health and wellbeing to lead a positive and healthy lifestyle.
In 2017 we introduced the Football Academy into our Deadly Sista Girlz program as a way to engage the girls at our delivery sites in healthy physical activity. Since its introduction, the football element of our program has continued to grow and it has been amazing to see many of the girls flourish into keen footballers and leaders!
Wirrpanda Foundation Director David Wirrpanda said the introduction of focused sport into the program has provided significant aspiration and opportunity for our participants.
“We are currently working with the girls at grass roots level in our Deadly Sista Girlz program to go to school and make healthy lifestyle choices. To have sporting pathways for these girls would reinforce the work our mentors are doing and provide aspiration for the next generation of Indigenous female mentors,” he said.
Deadly Sista Girlz is currently delivered in 11 sites across Western Australia and Victoria and is supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the WA Department of Health.