AFL Queensland revealed they were formally advised of the entry this morning.
State Football Operations Manager, Barry Gibson, says the club has worked hard to pave the way for young females in footy.
“Granting Southport a senior women’s licence is the next step in building the young female player pathway the club have worked hard to develop.
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“They put forward a very professional pitch to be in the Division 1 competition and we have no doubt they will quickly develop an excellent women’s program,” Mr Gibson said.
Southport Sharks CEO, Dean Bowtell, says he’s delighted with the news.
“Since 1961, the Southport Sharks have promoted and fostered the growth of Australian Rules Football on the Gold Coast.
“This announcement complements our mission and provides a pathway for the 80 junior girls currently playing at the club.
“We are planning new facilities to enhance the football experience for all female participants.
“This is a historic day for the club,” Mr Bowtell said.