The Pinktails Under 18 Academy will play the V Swans Under 18 team from Western Australia in a two-game series in Alice Springs beginning this week.
The Pinktails are a team that developed as part of the Rights Tracks program that was developed as a positive response to increasing disengagement of young Indigenous people in the Alice Springs.
V Swans is the education and community development division of the Swan Districts Football Club who are visiting the Northern Territory on a cultural trip.
The V Swans take their name from the V Formation of flying birds which ensures that the strongest to the weakest of the flock arrive at the same destination at the same time, it also provides the best way to create efficiency, communication and orientation of the flock.
Alice Springs based players including Rachel Hartung, Jasmine Bathern, Janya Kopp, Madison Tahere and Jorja Weilly will pull on the Pinktails jumper for the series.
Pathways Academy Coach in Central Australia Andy Hood believes the series will be a great development opportunity for the two teams.
“This series will give our academy players an opportunity to play against a quality team and develop from the experience.
“Our Under 18 female participation is increasing and these games will give the coaching staff a chance to look at the talent coming through.
“Most importantly, this enables the girls involved with the PInktails program a focus and something to train and work hard for,” Hood said.
The first game will be played at 4pm at Friday 21 September at Albrecht Oval followed by a second game on Wednesday 26 September also at 4pm at Albrecht Oval.