Some of the biggest names in women’s football – including AFLW Great Daisy Pearce – are set to converge in Hobart for an International Women’s Day event celebrating all things women and girls’ football. The 2024 International Women’s Day Footy Conference – being run by AFL Tasmania in partnership with the Tasmania Football Club – is about championing women’s achievements, as well as raising awareness and driving change.

The March 3 Blundstone Arena event – being held in the lead-up to International Women’s Day – will include talks from a host of special guests including Pearce and Gold Coast Suns AFLW Coach Cameron Joyce.North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos star Nicole Bresnehan and Tasmania Football Club Chair Grant O’Brien will also give talks. Growing the game for women and girls is key to AFL Tasmania’s plans to continue building strong football communities in all three regions, allowing all boys and girls to unlock their football potential. Thousands of women and girls played football in Tasmania last year, with women and girls teams increasing by 17.3 per cent on the year prior. As part of AFL Tasmania’s IWD event, participants will be able to attend a professional learning session in either coach development or leadership and culture.  To register for the event visit: AFL Tasmania Women and Girls Lead Amy Bailey said: “This International Women’s Day AFL Tasmania will focus on the achievements and progress in AFL. We’ve come a long way in a fairly short timeframe, but we’ve also got a long way to go before we’ve reached equity.  “We’ll share our ambitions, discuss opportunities and plan big for the future of women and girls in footy across Tasmania.  “We are really excited to have such incredible people for this event, sharing their wisdom and inspiring us for what’s to come in 2024 and beyond.” Melbourne AFLW Premiership Captain and West Coast Eagles AFLW coach Daisy Pearce said: “Like millions of Australians, I fell in love with footy at a young age, and always dreamt of holding up the premiership cup on Grand Final day. Not long after though, I realised that being a girl meant I wouldn’t have the opportunity that my brothers or teammates had, I’m so glad that girls don’t have to go through that anymore and can chase their goals.  “The women’s game has come so far, and participation numbers have exploded as well as better opportunities to play at the elite level in the AFLW, but we still have a way to go in making sure women and girls all around the country have equal opportunity in footy. “Aside from continuing to increase the professionalism and opportunity at the highest level, it’s simply the best game in the world, and has so many physical, social and mental health benefits that the more girls we have playing our great game the more lives that will be enriched by being a part of a footy team, just like mine has been.” Gold Coast Suns AFLW Coach Cameron Joyce said: “Providing females with more opportunities to participate at grassroots level will in turn create a stronger pathway which will lead to a thriving AFLW”. North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos player Nicole Bresnehan said: “Growing female footy participation is important to me because it not only allows competitions to grow but more women playing the game results in a stronger representation of women umpiring, coaching and administering the game.” Tasmania Football Club Chair Grant O’Brien said: “The growth of female football participation both on-field and off-field is so important to the Tasmania Football Club.  We aspire to have as many Tasmanian women and girls participating in football at all levels across Tasmania, including in our very own Tasmania Football Club AFLW team.”