FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK: Tara Andrews of Newcastle Jets middle) celebrates scoring a goal during the W-League semi final match between Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets at Leichhardt Oval on February 10, 2018 in Sydney. She will be visiting two Casino schools on March 9 with team-mate Cortnee Vine.
FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK: Tara Andrews of Newcastle Jets middle) celebrates scoring a goal during the W-League semi final match between Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets at Leichhardt Oval on February 10, 2018 in Sydney. She will be visiting two Casino schools on March 9 with team-mate Cortnee Vine. Mark Metcalfe/ Getty Images

Schools to host W-League stars

TWO W-League footballers will be visiting schools in the Northern Rivers to help inspire young female players and to share the story of their own journey in the game.

On Friday March 9, Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League players Tara Andrews, 23, and Cortnee Vine, 19, will head to Casino to St Mary's Primary School between 12.45 and 1.45pm and Casino High School from 10-10.30am.

The dynamic duo are visiting as part of Female Football Week which runs March 2 to 10..

Andrews has two caps for the Matildas and has played the last seven seasons with the Newcastle Jets W-League team.

Her fellow team-mate and young striker, Vine, is also a rising star having represented at both the National U17 and U20 level.

The pair said they look forward to participating at various activities which will highlight female soccer and the fact that the game is the most popular team participation sport in Australia.

The initiative that is being implemented nationally gives the community the chance to applaud the immense growth of the women's game and to acknowledge existing players, coaches, referees and administrators in football.

The State Federation Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) the local Body Football Far North Coast (FFNC) have joined with individual clubs, schools and other groups to hold events within the area through the week.

Female Participation Officer Holly Ayton will accompany the visiting Jets players and says that there are high expectations for female participation opportunities locally in season 2018.

"Female players account for nearly 35 per cent of playing numbers in this region compared to approximately 24 per cent nationally," she said.

"Football Far North Coast is committed to supporting more female only teams from girls aged five through to senior women and we encourage parents to contact Casino RSM Cobras FC to secure a place."

In a further boost to the profile of female soccer in this region, Teja Claire of Shores United Soccer Club will be formally announced as the Northern NSW Football Female Coach of the Year at the Female Football Awards Night in Newcastle.