By Shane Jones
Brothers Aston Villa’s women’s team is hoping through getting access to the best facilities, it can rise up the ladder to premiership success.
Villa teamed up with Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) for this season, with the business to sponsor the women’s team for next year.
In particular, the club hopes IWC’s Pivot 21 will hopefully drive it up the ladder.
The deal sees Brothers Aston Villa women get access to IWC’s gyms and equipment so each player, individually and as a team, can better prepare for matches.
The other part sees physios, as part of Pivot 21, assess each member in the squad before the season for any injuries and to assess what is needed to get each player to their optimum level.
It’s something that hasn’t been done in community football before, the club believes, especially for women.
It’s all for premiership success for the club.
In the past decade in women’s football, the United Park Eagles and Bingera have dominated, claiming the Wide Bay Premier League, women’s cup competition and Bundaberg Division 1 titles.
Villa wants to change this.
“For too long, women’s football has been just about the game and not enough focus has been placed on the difficulties faced by women who want to participate in sports,“ BAV president Kayleen Bryan said.
“In today’s environment of working mums it is very hard for ladies to still engage in fun, fitness and keep a focus on looking after themselves – both body and mind.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for women to play football, as well as focus on their physical, emotional wellbeing and mental health.”
IWC business services manager Ryan Mulvany said the deal helped IWC get its Pivot 21 program out there, as well as showing the community that its gym was inclusive to everyone.
“We saw an opportunity to partner with Brothers and their women’s team,” he said.
“Our rehab gym is a wonderful space for a lot of people in our community.
“It’s really inclusive, offers a lot of female gym apparatuses so it makes a lot of sense for us to partner with Brothers Aston Villa’s ladies.
“We just want to showcase the facilities we have and doing that through a local team is important.”
Daniel Ashby will coach Villa’s women’s side next year and said the program would ease the workload for himself and allow him to focus on the tactics needed to be successful on the pitch.
“I feel I can focus on building the foundation skills and game-day strategy because I know that the ladies are being well looked after by the allied health therapists at Pivot 21,” he said.
“Thanks to the sponsorship package I will have all of the information at my disposal about players’ physical strengths and weaknesses as the physio team conduct pre-season injury screening and prevention sessions.”
Villa player Cathy Galea said the move would allow her to better juggle the balance of work, home life and football.
“As a working mum it is difficult to commit the time each week to fun and fitness as well as working, running a household and being a good mother,” she said.
“Community sports gives me the opportunity to be social and maintain my fitness levels, but each year I worry about potential injury.
“I can’t afford to be off work.
“The decision for me to come back to ladies football was easy once I heard about Pivot 21 physiotherapists would be involved providing pre-season injury screening and information on injury prevention.”
Teammates Kimberlee Binns and Shelby Veitch said it would help their careers and they were looking forward to the nutritional benefits of the program.
Veitch has type one diabetes and said it would help her with game preparation.
The club is now preparing for the new season by looking for players and will meet to discuss goals and ambitions on 28 November at 11am at the Leprechaun Room at the Brothers Sports Club.