WONTHAGGI’S Ella Angarane recently met Premier Daniel Andrews to receive a prestigious award for pioneering women’s football in the Bass Coast region.
Ella, from the Bass Coast Breakers Women’s Football Club, received a Leadership Award during the recent Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards
at Government House in Melbourne.
Ella is described as the pioneer of women’s football in the Bass Coast region.
She encourages diversity in the team, through the shared love of footy. Through good planning and a financial strategy Ella has created sustainable platform with low fees and limited uniform costs. She has worked to minimise barriers to participation for females.
Breakers committee member Lan van Berlo nominated her for the award and Ella said she hoped her win would help promote the club and women’s footy in the region.
“We’re trying to build the profile and it seems to be working. Everyone wants to talk about it and all of the local footy clubs are very supportive, allowing us to access their facilities.
“We’re running two sides this year so we’re getting the players – the hardest thing is to get more volunteers.
“We need a second coach and more volunteers. We’re trying to put women in leadership roles where we can.”
She said the Breakers promote player enjoyment above all else, and it’s working.
“We don’t ask for the same level of commitment as most other sports.
“You play when you can, and train when you can – as long as everyone’s having a good time, that’s the most important thing.”
It translated to success with the team almost winning a premiership in its inaugural year.
Ella said she enjoyed the experience at Government House.
“The Governor Linda Dessau AC was on the AFL Commission and she came straight over to talk to us after the awards were presented which was really cool.
“At the awards it was mentioned that if your parents are volunteers, you’re much more likely to be a volunteer yourself and that’s the case in our family.
“Mum and Dad did a lot when we were kids.
“It’s important people put their hand up because it helps build strong communities.”
For more information about the awards, visit www.premier.vic.gov.au/celebrating-victorias-valiant-volunteers/