The Future Wander Women (FWW) squad has been finalised with 34-players being selected to take part in the 20-week program at Wanderers Football Park.
188 young female players attended the trials over two weeks with Wanderers Academy Technical Director and coaching staff watching over selections along with FWW head coach Linda Khamis and Wanderers midfield ace, Libby Copus-Brown, as assistant coach.
Khamis, sister of Wanderers striker Leena Khamis, holds a B-Licence and was previously a coach in the Football NSW institute program brings a wealth of experience in developing young female players.
Copus-Brown, a standout player this season for the Wanderers, will be an important influence for the 34-players selected as they develop as footballers over the coming weeks.
The free 20-week training program aimed at female participants aged 14-17 years is supported by the Wanderers Foundation and contributors including ICC Sydney, ABC Radio Sydney and Wanderers W-League partners Intermain and Western Sydney University.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said the level of interest of talent that signed up for the program was incredible.
“We started this program to give young female players in Western Sydney an opportunity to get additional high quality training and coaching, the level of interest was incredible and proves again the quality of players we have in our region and interest in the game,” said Tsatsimas.
“With 188 players signing up to trial, the first night was incredible to see so many young, talented players attend our world-class training facility, Wanderers Football Park in Blacktown.
“In Linda Khamis and Libby Copus-Brown we have two coaches that understand the game, what it takes to make it to the W-League and what it takes to stay there.
“We are very excited to see how the players develop over the coming 20-week program and what they can take back to their club football too.”
ICC CEO and Managing Director Harold Dakin said he was honoured to play a role in the formation of the Future Wander Program.
“We are very honoured and proud to be associated in making a contribution to girls development program,” said Dakin.
“It gives the girls and the parents hope, allowing the girls to utilise the Wanderers state of the art facility centre to strive for excellence and creates a platform for bigger and better things.”
The first FWW session commenced on Wednesday evening with a BBQ and presentation to the successful players entering the program, with kits presented to them by ICC CEO and Managing Director Harold Dakin.
2021 Future Wander Women Squad
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