representative Football

Female state representative FOOTBALL

In the representative stream of the football program, Gladesville Ravens plays in the FNSW League One Womens competition, previously known as the FNSW National Premier League 2 competition. The youth representative program offers multiple levels of opportunity for our local girls to learn, flourish and progress into the higher levels of the game both nationally and internationally. The youth girls play in the FNSW Girls Youth League competition, and our Development Squads play in the Tier 1 of local Association Leagues. Our junior representative Ravens play in the FNSW Girls Skills Acquisition Program (GSAP). 

TRAINING

Training is held between 5PM and 9.30 PM, 2 or 3 nights per week depending on the team. We currently train at 3 locations: Bedlam Bay, ELS Hall, and Christie Park.

GAMES

All games, across all age groups are played on Sundays. Our home ground for the FNSW GSAP, Youth and Womens programs is Christie Park (Fully synthetic complex). Our development squads play out of Morrison Bay, Meadowbank Park and our home ground Peel Park.

VOLUNTEER TEAM MANAGERS

Please remember that the teams cannot play without managers. We would encourage parents to contribute to these positions as they are pivotal to the success of the team. You don’t have to be an expert; the Women’s committee provide support and training to assist parents to perform in these team positions.

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GSAP

u10 – u11 – u12 – u13

FNSW Girls Youth League

u14 – u15 – u16

Development Squads

u16 – u18

FNSW League One Women’s

u20 – First Grade

Additional Information

RAVENS REPRESENTATION – THE RAVENS WAY

The way we act on and off the field is very important to our core values and what we call “The Ravens Way”. Central to all our values is respect. We know that not all teams will behave in manner that we agree with. Parents will shout, players will act in a way we might not approve of, referees will make decisions we don’t agree with. Whatever the situation we expect our players, coaches, parents, volunteers, and anyone who is connected to our club to act in a way that is respectful. Another key part of the Ravens way is to let our girls learn the game without fear and confusion. On game day and at training we want positive support from the stands, but there must ONLY BE ONE VOICE COACHING and that’s the team coach. So please, do not try and coach from the side. However, please do share your thoughts on the game / training in the car on the way home – mum and dad’s input is always very important – but keep it positive!!

KIT

All players will be provided with their own numbered training and game wear. This will include game and training kits, team wear, tracksuit, and a bag. Players will be measured at the start of the season for their sizing and order individually to suit. If you require any extra kit then please visit our shop HERE 

SUPPORTER AND TEAM WEAR

If you would like to order supporter or team wear, please visit our club shop HERE 

JAPAN TOUR

Each year (COVID permitting) we take a team of representative youth players to Japan to play against, and train with some of the top professional female academies. In 2019 we held the RAVENS CUP in Shizuoka prefecture. An invitational event that was won in 2019 by Yokohama Seagulls.

fnsw GSAP – Girls Skills acquisition program

At Ravens we call our GSAP program THE NEST: a safe place where young girls can learn football without fear or anxiety. We offer GSAP teams in the u10, u11, u12 and u13 age groups. Games are played on smaller pitches, starting at 9v9 between u10 and u12 and 10v10 in u13s. 

CLUB, SKILLS ACADEMY AND HOME TRAINING

Training will be held 2 or 3 times per week. There will also be opportunities to participate in holiday camps and soccer skills programs. Each week the girls will be given home-based training that will consist of practicing individual ball skills. Key to development is spending as much time on the ball as possible at home and at training.

CURRICULUM AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Our curriculum will follow the Football Australia model for SAP aged players and will be mixed with our philosophy and models of player development.  Ultimately, we are creating a player that fits into the Australian way of playing football, that also possess the Ravens gene. Ravens GSAP is continually progressing and assessing our player development model, to ensure we stay relevant and current in our approach to player development.

PATHWAY AND PROGRESSION

Development through The Nest will be systematic and progressive. We are looking for a player to evolve over time, so winning games is not our sole focus in these age groups, rather the emphasis is on enjoyment and learning. Winning will be an outcome of a successful development program. Our aim is to have our representative youth program fully supplied with players graduating The Nest.  Meaning that if a player has moved through The Nest, they should be very well equipped with all the footballing tools required to become a great representative level player for the Ravens and hopefully into higher representative football at state and national level.

Development Squads

We understand that there are limited opportunities for girls to join representative level teams each year. A key element of The Ravens Way is for us to ensure we are offering as many opportunities as possible for local girls to learn and develop within a high-level football framework.  Our Development Squads have become an important part of our youth program, allowing girls to train at the same level as the girls playing in the representative teams, receiving the same support, resources and coaching across the whole program. Our Development Squads play in the tier 1 age groups of the local leagues, and always play up at least 1 or 2 years to ensure they are challenging themselves. Each year players from our Development Squads are progressed into the Ravens FNSW representative league teams.

TRAINING

Training will be held 2 or 3 times per week. There will also be opportunities to participate in holiday camps and skills programs. Training is held at Bedlam Bay, ELS Hall, and Christie Park.

CURRICULUM AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Our youth curriculum will follow the Football Australia Game Training Phase and will be mixed with in our philosophy and models of player development. Ultimately, we are creating a player that fits into the Australian way of playing football, that also possess the Ravens gene. We are continually progressing and assessing our approach to player development within the youth phases, to ensure we remain contemporary in our approach.

PATHWAY AND PROGRESSION

We have an internal target of having our senior squad filled with at least 70% of players who have played youth football with Ravens. Developing and growing with the player is a key part of our approach, both on and off the field. We understand that we play a part in their development into adulthood during these important years.

fnsw GIRLS YOUTH LEAGUE

Our youth girls play in the FNSW Girls Youth League competition. Currently we offer u14, u15 and u16 teams, plus we have development squad teams that underpin these teams. 

TRAINING

Training will be held 2 or 3 times per week. There will also be opportunities to participate in holiday camps and skills programs. Training is held at Bedlam Bay, ELS Hall, and Christie Park.

CURRICULUM AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Our youth curriculum will follow the Football Australia Game Training Phase and will be mixed with in our philosophy and models of player development. Ultimately, we are creating a player the fits into the Australian way of playing football, that also possess the Ravens gene. We are continually progressing and assessing our approach to player development within the youth phases, to ensure we remain contemporary in our approach.  

PATHWAY AND PROGRESSION

We have an internal target of having our senior squad filled with at least 70% of players to have played youth football with Ravens. Developing and growing with the player is a key part of our approach, both on and off the field. We understand that we play a part in their development into adulthood during these important years.

FNSW WOMEN’S LEAGUE ONE

Our senior teams play in the FNSW Womens League One competition. The senior stream consists of u20 and 1st Grade, plus we have development squad teams that underpin these teams.

TRAINING

Training will be held 2 or 3 times per week. Training is held at Bedlam Bay, ELS Hall, and Christie Park.

APPROACH

We are known for our attacking brand of football, a key element of the ‘The Ravens Way’. We operate a senior squad system where all players are urged to fight for a jersey in the 1st Grade starting 11 each week. We are continually progressing and assessing our approach to player and coach development across the whole club, to ensure we remain contemporary in our training methods.

PATHWAY AND PROGRESSION

We have an internal target of having our senior squad filled with at least 70% of players to have played youth football with Ravens. Developing and growing with the player is a key part of our approach, both on and off the field.

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Director of Representative Football
Shane Stevens

Technical and Operations Director
Stephen Bott

FNSW Competition Registrar
Pete Elford

INTERESTED IN A TRIAL?

If you would like to apply for a trial to be assessed for suitability for a Ravens representative team,
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SPONSORSHIP

Sponsors and supporters

Sponsorship of the representative level teams plays an important part in their success. We are not a large Association with 100,000 members, nor do we have the might and financial resources of the larger historical men’s programs. We are a stand alone FEMALE representative program that supports and encourages empowerment of women. If this fits your corporate or personal principles, then please think about becoming a sponsor, so we can grow and empower the womens game together.

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