by Mark Majdandzic
In a male dominant sport, it is hard to find any females who take on head coaching roles. With our Gold Coast teams playing in the Mt Franklin Brisbane Premier League, we spoke with the only female coach in the league Sarah Evans of Broadbeach.
After a perfect season last year and claiming their first victory in the league against Brisbane opposition, Evans said that the buzz is still there for the season ahead.
“We started tentatively in the competition but the excitement is there and we can’t wait to see what the season holds.”
“Being the only female coach in the league is an interesting one but I hope my record speaks for itself. I’ve had good success in the years I have coached so I am hoping that people take me seriously in the coaching ranks,” said Evans.
With the Gold Coast teams forced to play up in Brisbane due to the lack of a strong, quality competition Evans said the focus should now be on building for the future.
“We need to keep striving on getting more clubs to field two teams and push for the higher leagues.”
“Women’s football in Australia is only growing and it would be stupid to not ride the wave and get behind. We have one of the best players in the world so the time is now to make the most of it,” said Evans.
Broadbeach themselves have made inroads to ensure that they can have a production line of young, quality players on board to keep the train rolling.
“We are committed to trying to create a sustainable product for female football on the Gold Coast. Our focus has turned into the younger age groups now and making sure we have the players coming through.”
“If we do this right, we will have a product here that will only grow as time goes on,” said Evans.
Taking the coaching ranks as a female has had its challenges, but Evans cannot recommend it enough for any female.
“I can’t stress the importance of getting involved as soon as possible. Get on the coaching courses and get qualified, you will not regret it. It is one of the best things I have ever done and I only enjoy it more and more each year.”
“I have probably had more joy from the last three years of coaching than the last ten years of playing. I encourage any female to get up there and give it a go!” said Evans.