THE new Women’s National Premier League soccer consortium Southern United is interviewing prospective coaches and plans to announce appointees soon.
Its policy is that, if a male candidate is successful, then the best female candidate will be offered an assistant-coaching role.
The consortium represents one of the largest catchment areas in Victoria. It is an amalgam of Casey Comets, Mornington, Langwarrin, Seaford United and Peninsula Strikers juniors.
The interim board consists of Michael Woodward (Strikers and ex-local zone representative), Rob Harrington (Strikers), Rosemary Meeds (Mornington), Dawn Stone (Casey Comets), Stuart McLeod (Casey Comets), James Honey (Langwarrin) and Willie Lynn (Seaford United).
Board elections are expected to be held in November, with the format still to be decided.
Southern United will play its home games on a rotating basis at Casey Comets, Mornington and Langwarrin as they fulfil the match-day venue criteria. Training will be shared among the other consortium members.
“This is the first time so many different clubs in the local area have come together to form the one club,” organiser Craig MacKenzie said.
“There is great expectation throughout the Casey, Frankston and peninsula areas that it can hit the ground running in 2016 and make an immediate impact.”
Southern United trial dates and venues for Southern area Under-13, 15 and 18 girls’ teams will be held 10am-noon, Saturday 24 October, Lawton Park, Barrett’s Rd, Langwarrin.