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WAFLW - Perth FC


The Perth Football Club is delighted to announce that we have successfully bid to enter a team in the Rogers Cup for season 2023 after the West Australian Football Commission endorsed the bid on Tuesday night.

Rogers Cup is considered the lead talent development competition for young female football players in WA and nurtures aspiring AFLW players to grow their skills and take their football to the next level.

The Club increased the planning for a female team in the Rogers Cup two years ago when the “zero to halo” strategy, led by Directors Kelly Townson and Carolyn Hall, was developed.

Perth Football Club partnered with Penrhos College in 2021 to deliver a female football program at the College and again in 2022 to assist coaching the Penrhos College teams in the IGSSA competition.

In 2022 the first PFC Female Academy was formed, coached by Swan Districts Premiership Player Gavin Outridge with the culmination of playing 3 games against other WAFLW development Academies, Subiaco, West Perth and east Perth in October.

Club President Bob Shields said “It has taken three years of hard work by a dedicated team, but the Perth Football Club is excited to be invited into the Rogers Cup competition in 2023. The next step is the Perth WAFLW team”.

Any girls interested in trialing for a position in the squad should email their details to Michele Burton on


Players must be aged 15 – 18 years.

The Perth Football Club is excited to commence its involvement in the WAFLW. The 10 year strategic plan outlines an ambitious aim of entering a PFC Rogers Cup team in 2023 and further establishing ourselves with a WAFLW league team in the future.

Our first females joined the girl’s Academy on Sunday the 22nd May and the players have been presented with their jumpers to commemorate the occasion.  The Academy program and uniform is sponsored by McMahon, Fugro, Hungry Jacks and ID fleet hire 

As a club, our goal is to develop a pathway for women of all ages, providing similar opportunities that the men currently enjoy.  Our programs aim to develop elite players with the technical skills required to play competitive football, while ensuring they become empowered, confident and compassionate individuals, both on and off the field. 

We plan to continue to build our presence in WAFLW and are very excited for this new era for the Perth Football Club. 

Enquiries regarding the women’s program should be directed to Women’s Football Manager, Michele Burton (note Michele is part time and not in the office very day) -

What we have done so far:

Facilitated program with Penrhos College

Announced in September 2021

  • Secondary students participated in PFC coached training sessions. 
  • The partnership helped promote the progression of the IGSSA AFLW competition with Penrhos entering teams in all competitions in Term 1, 2023
  • Encouraging students to nominate for Junior Football Clubs within the PFC zone. 


Academy program commenced 

  • Players nominated by District community clubs, Penrhos college and the PFC TID network were invited to participate in the inaugural Academy.
  • Sunday sessions have focused on developing skills.
  • Strength and conditioning is being provided by our partner Diamond Fitness. 


What’s in store for the rest of 2022:

Club Development Squad 

  • In early August our Academy players will move into the WAFC Development squad program.
  • The program will be led by Gavin Outridge and provide junior players in our District with an opportunity to further develop their skills and play against other WAFL development squads in the October school holidays.