Girl power at Cairns soccer academy
Jamie Gosling Football Academy (JGFA) is celebrating the upcoming Women’s World Cup by announcing the first female coach for its dedicated girls soccer program, as well as a free Easter holiday clinic for girls.
JGFA is delighted to confirm Leichhardt Football Club Premier Ladies captain-coach Natalie Fichera as the new coach of its girls program for female soccer players aged 5-16.
Natalie, who is a Health and Physical Education teacher at Cairns State High School, has played soccer for more than 20 years, representing Queensland and Peninsula in school and club football, and was voted Most Valuable Player in Far North Queensland last season.
“I’m really excited to be joining JGFA as its first female football coach, and to help grow girls’ love for soccer in our region,” Natalie said.
“It’s no secret that I’m passionate about all things football and its possibilities, especially when it comes to helping to develop female football in Far North Queensland.
“It’s an exciting year for girls’ football with the Matildas playing in the Women’s World Cup, and I’m really looking forward to working with young local female players to help further develop their game.”
To celebrate Natalie joining the academy, JGFA is offering a FREE holiday clinic for girls aged 5-16 on Tuesday 16 April from 9am-12pm at Stratford Dolphins Football Club.
“The free clinic will be a great opportunity for girls to have fun on the holidays, and find out more about our dedicated girls program,” Natalie added.
JGFA Director Jamie Gosling said he was passionate about getting more girls to play football in the Cairns region.
“One of JGFA’s aims is to provide an opportunity for girls of all abilities to enjoy soccer, and have fun in a structured environment,” he said.
“For those that play club football, they will be able to use skills learnt at JGFA for the benefit of their team, and for those that don’t play for a club, we want to grow their love of football.
“As part of this, we’re absolutely thrilled to have Natalie join our coaching team as our first female coach.
“Natalie has an amazing football pedigree, and was voted the best player in the Cairns Premier Women’s Division last season.
“I know she’ll be an inspiration for our young female players, and we’re now looking to further grow our girls program under Natalie’s tutelage, starting with our free holiday clinic for girls.
“Whether they’ve played for years or are a beginner, Natalie will help young female players of all abilities enjoy the many benefits of playing the beautiful game.”
Natalie was voted MVP in the Premier Women’s League in Cairns in 2012 and again in 2018, along with being the leader goal scorer in her team in 2018.
Natalie also assists in managing the female Centre of Excellence Football Program and Bill Turner team at Cairns State High School.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, which begins in France on 7 June, is set to generate a new group of budding female soccer players in Far North Queensland aiming to one day play for the Matildas.
“We want to reach even more girls who might not have previously had the opportunity to play football, and help them enjoy the proven benefits it brings in regards to physical and emotional wellbeing,” added Jamie.
JGFA has several innovative and ground-breaking player development and coaching methods, including:
Constant and continual individual player interviews and reports
Grading by ability not age
Squad number and profile
Games versus other academies
The Academy is also affiliated with English Premier League club AFC Bournemouth.
JGFA encourages children to continue to train and play for their respective junior soccer clubs, while continuing their skills development under the JGFA program.
Aside from its Academy program, JGFA also runs holiday clinics, school programs, private sessions and birthday parties across the Cairns region, as well as its popular Little Goslings Football Academy for 3-5 year olds.