Up and away with The Flying Bats
SYDNEY: The world’s biggest and longest established lesbian soccer club – Sydney’s very own The Flying Bats – are once again on the hunt for new and returning players for 2012’s upcoming football season, with the club introducing an online registration system this year to help make joining a team easier than ever before.
Last year was a great year for the Bats with the club expanding to six teams for the first time, with club president, Alicia Rich, telling SX that the club managed to score plenty of goals on the field as well.
“Two of our teams made the semis – both fell just one step short of a grand final berth – in a year with lots of stiff competition,” Rich says.
This year, the Bats once again want to field six teams but are also desperate for people to help out with coaching.
While Rich says that the club is also on the lookout for anyone who may fancy themselves as the next Melissa Barbieri, the current Matildas goalkeeper and captain.
“We’re happy to provide training for anyone interested in becoming a goalkeeper,” Rich adds.
The Bats play each Sunday in north-west Sydney, while they will commence weekly training sessions on Wednesday nights at Tempe from February 8.
Student rates as well as part-time spots are available for those who can’t commit to a full season due to work or travel commitments.
For first-timers and others wanting to find out a bit more before they sign up, the Flying Bats will be holding a stall on January 21 outside the Newtown Mission on King Street (opposite the Dendy) from 10-4pm.
The club will also be holding an Australia Day barbecue on January 26 at Mackey Park by the Cooks River and are encouraging all new players to come down for a snack and a chat as well as a friendly kickabout.
“Our members really feel a sense of community with the Bats – it’s not just about football. Many report having met partners and best friends or finding a support network of wonderful, talented women,” Rich says.
“Others are fiercely proud of learning new football skills or improving their fitness.”