MCC Women’s Launches Leadership Through Sport Program

Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) Women’s Football Club is proud to launch its ‘Leadership Through Sport Programme’, which kicks off this year on International Women’s Day, 8 March.

Aimed at young women and girls aged 16-21, the program aims to develop leadership skills in all aspects of sport – playing, coaching, officiating, volunteering and administration.

Some of the best voices in the women’s sports industry, including Play Like A Girl’s Holly Bailey, Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee Debbie Lee, and Williamstown Football Club head coach Penny Cula-Reid, are the headliners from a cast of guest speakers.

The program is free to participate and will run every Tuesday from March 8 to March 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

MCC Women’s Football President Nicole Hall said the intention of the program is to improve the confidence and leadership abilities of young women.

“One of the great things that sport has done is women and girls are really starting to find their voice in an environment where they probably never thought they would have one,” Hall said.

“At the Club, you see girls practicing a sport that they had never known, let alone practiced, just a few years ago.

“The progress made by competitions like the AFL Women’s, but not just football, but all top-level sporting competitions where women are actively involved, is so important for what it inspires.

“There are some truly powerful women at the forefront, and in the form of Holly, Debbie and Penny, we have selected some of the best in the business for the Leadership Through Sport program.

“We are proud to be one of the few all-female football clubs in VAFA and metropolitan Melbourne, so we believe it is important to be at the forefront of launching a program like this one.”

MCC Women’s Football Club had its best season yet in 2021, competing in the VAFA Women’s Division 4 competition and securing a place in the Preliminary Finals, before COVID-19 brought the football season to a premature end.

The club also enjoyed success in the player development space, with Holly Bailey and Anna Harris moving from the club to Casey Demons’ VFLW side. And in December, key player Lucy Burke became the club’s first female AFL signing, having been brought up on St Kilda’s primary AFLW list.

On the eve of their sixth year, Hall testified to the environment created by the club.

“We’re really proud of how the players have embraced inclusivity and it shows in their play,” Hall said.

“We are also evolving. We want to have two teams and for that we have to attract players.

“We believe we have come a long way from our beginnings as just a club to play for, to a club with elite facilities at Beaumaris Secondary College, with the club’s Coach of the Year community title to Rebecca Ticli, and at the industry level the mentorship of people like Russell Robertson.

“For young women and girls aged 16 and over, come call the MCC Women’s Football Club ‘home’.”

The MCC Women’s Football Club “Leadership Through Sport” program is open for registration at

If you would like to find out more about the Club or sign up to train or play, contact Nicole Hall on 0419 141 216.

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