Jenny Elliott is used to working in a male dominated environment. She is one of only 5 females working at AFL NT from a staff of 35 and the only female in the Football Operations Department.
She started her football involvement as an Auskick mum in 1995 when her son Patrick was 5 and was the driving force behind the formation of the Casuarina Junior Football League in 2000 which was the start of the U10/12 competition. At the time there was nothing between Auskick and the U14 competition and what we now accept as being a natural pathway just wasn’t there.
"My son wanted to continue playing football but there was just nothing for him at the age of 10. We were losing kids to basketball and not getting them back. I wanted to bridge that gap so got a committee started. As the only woman on the committee I was able to give a female perspective."
Two years later a position came up at AFLNT and Jenny jumped at the opportunity to work in the industry. Seven years on she still loves her job and being involved in football. Her tasks are varied and include finance & administration, food & beverage management and match day management.
"I particularly enjoy my involvement with the junior football. It is wonderful to see the kids come through the ranks. I’m now seeing children I know who started in the U13’s currently playing League. And after 15 years involvement I have formed great relationships."
Round 8 of the TIO NTFL Season is the Women In Football Round to acknowledge the contribution women such as Jenny have made to the game. A women’s luncheon will be held at TIO Stadium on 21st November to celebrate Women In Football.
For more information visit
www.aflnt.com.au or phone 89 804 804.