Premiership Hero Lead's Female Academy

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 9:21 AM

The West Perth Football Club, a powerhouse in the West Australian Football League, is renowned for its commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a strong sense of community. 

In this spirit, the club's 'Moora Citrus Female Football Academy' has emerged as a true industry leader, offering young female athletes a platform to grow both in their athletic prowess and character development.  

The Academy, led by West Perth Premiership Player 'Razor' Ray Bartholomew, has provided invaluable opportunities for 46 participants hailing from the rapidly expanding northern corridor of Perth and our Regional zone.  

Bartholomew’s unwavering passion for the sport and his exceptional knowledge of the game make him the perfect mentor for these aspiring athletes. 

He is ably supported by a talented coaching team, including Brooke Hongell, Jen Dwyer, and Whitford Junior Football Club products Hannah Phillip and Jacinta Jensen. 

Together, this team brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the academy, ensuring participants receive the best possible guidance and mentorship.  

The Moora Citrus Female Football Academy is not just about developing football skills; it is also dedicated to empowering young athletes in all aspects of life. 

While participants see significant growth in their craft, the academy places equal importance on fostering character, competitiveness and leadership skills. 

This holistic approach ensures that the young women emerging from the program are not only talented athletes but also well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the world with confidence. 

With the support of Sharni Burgess of Athletic Institute the athletes are pushed to be the best they can be in the scope of Strength & Conditioning. 

Credit also must be given to the commitment of Krystal McClusky, the Academy’s Welfare & Wellbeing Coordinator. 

She ensures our athletes align closely with our clubs’ values and have the tools they need to succeed in life.  

The Academy's reach extends well beyond the football field. 

It serves as a testament to West Perth Football Club's commitment to giving back to the community and creating pathways for young talent. 

The club's partnership with Moora Citrus, a local company, demonstrates the dedication to regional growth and development.  
By providing opportunities to young athletes from the northern corridor of Perth, the academy strengthens community ties and empowers local youth. 

Without the strong support of Moora Citrus, our Academy simply could not reach the heights it has reached, and our club looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with Moora Citrus into 2024. 

The Moora Citrus Female Football Academy has set a remarkable precedent for the development of female football talent in Western Australia. 

It showcases the West Perth Football Club's commitment to building a strong and diverse sporting community while nurturing the next generation of female football stars. 

The positive impact of this academy is bound to be felt both on and off the field for years to come, as its participants continue to make their mark in the world of sports and beyond.  

West Perth Football Club's 'Moora Citrus Female Football Academy' stands as a beacon of excellence, shaping the lives and futures of young female athletes. 

Led by experienced mentors and supported by the local community, this academy is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when a sports club commits to investing in the talent of tomorrow.