You will no doubt be aware that the Women’s Football World Cup is scheduled for July-August 2023, and will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Western Springs AFC is actively pursuing the opportunity to be a host training ground during the event, and last week we welcomed to Seddon Fields, a FIFA delegation, along with representatives from Council, NZF and NRF to assess the suitability of our facilities.
In preparation for hosting the FIFA delegation, the club established a WWC project team led by Racheal Monks. Under significant time pressures, this team galvanised members to tidy up the clubrooms and broader precinct along with generating a quality presentation brochure on Western Springs AFC.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, both FIFA and NZF complimented the club on our preparedness and quality of presentation material. To all those involved in this work a huge thanks on behalf of the club, but in particular Rachael Monks, Nicole Roe, Paul Rutland, Justin Lopes, Andy Vernon, Julia Robinson, Spencer Turner, Kelly Bolus, and Tara Brogan. Tara’s endless coffee’s and muffins worked a treat on the delegation. Nothing works like a warm muffin to win favour!
FIFA has advised that the selection of training sites will be completed in late Sept/early October 2021. Should WSAFC be selected as a host site or training venue we will then be advised of what further site development is necessary.
We will keep club members and supporters updated as the process unfolds.