The Fremantle Dockers will expand on their relationship with Curtin University as it submitted its bid to be included in next year’s inaugural women’s AFL competition.
Rival Perth club West Coast Eagles has also submitted a bid.
The bid outlines that Curtin and the City of Cockburn would be major sponsors for the women’s team, with athletes and staff involved given education and job opportunities with the club and university.
The Dockers propose to play up to two games a season at the club’s new training base at Cockburn, at least one match at Curtin University’s Bentley campus and a curtain-raiser game at Domain Stadium as a before a men’s AFL fixture.
Dockers club president Steve Harris highlighted the growth in female participation and active support when he told The West Australian: “Off the field the Fremantle Dockers continue to experience strong growth in female supporters, gaining an extra 70,000 in the last four years.
“We also have the highest proportion of female members of any AFL club at 43.5 per cent of our current record membership number.
“Our bid proposes a new partnership model that will not only field a team in the new league but will also develop and grow women’s football in the State and invest in the broader community.”
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