The Emerging Leader Award is designed to recognise women aged 30 or younger (as at 31 December in the year of the Award) who are inspiring other women in football and who are showing strong leadership capabilities.



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2016 - Lisa Kennedy

Lisa Kennedy is the Community Development Coordinator at Port Adelaide Football Club and is involved in football as a player, coach and administrator.

With a passion for community development and building programs which partner with like-minded organisations, Lisa has more recently managed a social cohesion program whereby young African women can play Australian Rules football, resulting in many success stories.

Lisa has inspired a number of young women to play Aussie rules or become coaches or administrators and acknowledges the great opportunity for young women in the sport. Lisa has also played a large part in developing a plan to create a strong women’s Port Adelaide Football Club team.

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2015 - Bridget Barker

Bridget is responsible for running football programs for boys and girls from many different culturesWorking with the MUWFC and the Kensington Junior Football Club Bridget has ensured there are clear pathways for young women to participate in female football from Auskick through to senior level football.  Bridget’s love of football and coaching has been described as nothing less than infectious.