Girls and Women's Month 2024

The annual NZ Football Girls & Women’s Month was a hit in our WaiBOP Region again this year. As WaiBOP Women’s Development Officer, I decided to focus on a key word this month as I journeyed across the region to tautoko/support schools and clubs as they delivered their events – this key word being ‘Fun’.

This meant ensuring that all participants and facilitators had fun and this also gave me the excuse to be a big kid again, while showcasing, inspiring and celebrating together with our clubs and schools what it means to be a female in the game we all love.

We had 13 clubs, 37 schools and a whopping total of 1,119 participants participate in incredible Girls & Women’s Month activities across our Waikato and BOP region. Participants took part in events ranging from Wahine Referee Workshops, Coach Education, GK Coaching Sessions, Taupo Janine Giddy Senior Women’s tournament, football festivals, have-a-go days, seminars on the female athlete body, easter egg hunts, referee fun flag rotations and my personal favourite – a water slide!

We were also very fortunate to have special guests Emma Roleston (Football Fern) and former Fern/local WaiBOP Legend, Sarah McLaughlin attend events hosted by Blue Rovers and Western Utd.

We are incredibly fortunate to have a whole month dedicated to showcasing and inspiring those involved in the female game at all levels, whether it be playing, coaching, administration and refereeing. It provides schools and clubs with the opportunity to grow numbers in the female game at all levels and encourages all advocates of the game to celebrate the mahi that they are doing. A lot of our clubs and schools in our community are already doing amazing things for our kohine and wahine in the game and it is important that this is continued to be celebrated, valued and advocated for throughout the year.

We have worked hard in our region to include and introduce different ways of engaging females in the game – working closely with our amazing Wahine Referee Coordinators and GK Coach to deliver different and fun aspects of the game for participants to have a go at, in a fun and safe environment.

Thanks to NZ Football who provided us us with fantastic giveaways and signage (the photo frame being a favourite among many) to help us to celebrate this special month.

- Nat Broadhead - Woman's Federation Development Officer

Shining a spotlight on our Kohine and Wahine

Girls and Women’s Week runs during March each year shine the spotlight on girls and women in football and grow female participation at the grassroots level. During March, we introduce girls and women to the beautiful game across New Zealand.

Girls & Women’s month was an initiative that came with the FIFA Women’s World Cup, aimed at sparking discussions around gender equality and ensuring we remove the barriers to entry for women and girls.

The month sees initiatives designed to increase and retain female players, administrators, coaches, referees and fans.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Get your club, school or community group involved in Girls and Women’s Month!

Please contact Nat Broadhead at for more information.

2024 Events

Saturday March 2, 2024


Girls Only Football Fun Day. Moore Park, Katikati - 10am to 11.30am. For ages 5 to 15. 

Wahine Referees #3. Centennial Park, Ngaruawahia - 10am to 1pm. 

Intro to Refereeing - Girls & Women Hybrid Referee Workshop. Sport Waikato, Hamilton - 2pm to 4pm. 

Sunday March 3, 2024
TAURANGAGirls and Women Strategy Workshop. Fergusson Park, Tauranga

Tuesday March 6, 2024

HAMILTONMelville Women's Jamboree Gower Park (Pitch 6), Melville - from 6pm. 

Tauranga Girls' College Coach Education - JL1   Tauranga Girls' College

Friday March 8, 2024

Girls Football Fun Day. Fergusson Park, Tauranga - 4:40pm to 5:30pm. For ages 5 to 14. 

TAUPOFemale Goalkeeping Sessions, Crown Park, Taupo

Saturday/Sunday March 9 & 10, 2024

Janine Giddy Women's Tournament. Crown Park, Taupo  - Junior Girls

Monday March 11, 2024
ONLINEJL1 - with Coaching in the G&W space - Youth and Seniors

Wednesday March 13, 2024
TAURANGADr Stacy Sims Workshop, Gordon Spratt, Tauranga (Papamoa)

Thursday March 14, 2024
ROTORUAU12-U14 Girls Muster. Lakes FC, Linton Park, Rotorua - 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Friday March 15, 2024

Girls Football Day. Aquinas Field, Tauranga. For all Aquinas girls.

ROTORUANew Girls Playing Football, Lynmore School, Rotorua 7-10 year olds

Girls Playing Sports Day Blake Park, Tauranga 11-13yr olds

CAMBRIDGEFemale Goalkeeping Sessions, John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge  - Junior Girls

Saturday March 16, 2024

Junior Girls Events. Stanley Ave, Te Aroha  For ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. 

Sunday March 17, 2024

Girls Football Have a Go Fun Day. Pemberton Park, Tauranga - 1.30pm to 3.00pm. For ages 5 to 13. 

Wednesday March 20 - Friday March 22

WBEET Programme - Girls Blake Park, Tauranga 9-13 Year olds

Thursday March 21, 2024

ROTORUAU12-U14 Girls Muster. Lakes FC, Linton Park, Rotorua - 4.30pm to 5.30pm.
EDGECUMBEFun 4 U Day  - Edgecumbe Domain

Friday March 22, 2024

TAURANGAYear 7 & 8 Girls Coach Force WASL Leadership Girls Programme. Blake Park, Tauranga - 9am to 2:30pm.
TE AWAMUTUFemale Goalkeeping Sessions, Te Awamutu - Junior Girls

Sunday March 24, 2024

TE PUKECommunity Connection - Girls and Women's Month Mission - Te Puke United v Te Awamutu Match Day. Three games - Junior Girls (11am), College Girls (12 noon), Senior Women (1pm).

Girls & Women Station Rotation Event. Western United FC, Bremworth Park, Hamilton - 10am to 12pm.

HAMILTONWomen’s & Girls Give it a Go Event. Northern United, Korikori Park, Hamilton - 2pm to 4pm.
TAURANGAJunior Muster & Girls’ Day. Tauranga City AFC & Papamoa FC combined event, Links Ave, Tauranga - 10am to 12pm.

Tuesday March 26, 2024
ROTORUANew Girls Playing Football Otonga School, Rotorua Junior Girls

Wednesday March 27, 2024


Fun 4 U Day - Opotiki Opotiki Domain 6-9 year olds

Saturday March 30, 2024

Girls Fun Day & Easter Egg Hunt, Omokoroa FC, Western Ave, Omokoroa - 10.30am to 12.30pm.