New Gol Gol women’s co-coach Jess Scadding will look to pass on lessons from her experience in the AFLW to her teammates. Photo: PAUL MENSCH

FORMER Greater Western Sydney AFLW footballer Jess Scadding has taken up a co-coaching role with the Gol Gol Hawks women’s football team for the 2020 season.

Looking to help the team improve on its fourth position in 2019 Jess said that improving fitness and skill, as well as enticing new players to the club was on the priority list.

Jess, who was born and bred in Curlwaa, is a member of the Victoria Police and has moved back to Sunraysia due to her posting to the Mildura Police Station.

When Jess completed Year 12 at Mildura Senior College in 2011, she then completed a Bachelor of Clinical practice Paramedics, and then worked as a paramedic in the mines near Orange NSW.

During her time at the mines, Jess was playing Aussie Rules for Bathurst, and was selected to train and play for the then fledgling Greater Western Sydney (GWS) women’s football team, and represented the club on numerous occasions.

Jess said that playing for GWS was a great experience, saying the game was quick-paced and very challenging.

“As a kid I played every sport that had a ball, touch, league, union, basketball, netball, volleyball, Aussie Rules, whatever we could,” she said.

“I have played a number of these sports now for a long time and have even represented VicPol in Rugby League and basketball.

“I’m really excited about my new role with the Gol Gol Hawks and look forward to helping the team improve both their fitness and skill.

“It is great that the club has offered the co-coaching role alongside current coach, Paul Mensch.

“While the team finished in the finals in 2019, there is still plenty of room for improvement, that’s where I want to help.”

Current coach, Paul Mensch, said that getting Jess to the club was fantastic for the women’s football team.

“We have a great bunch of girls who put in a tremendous effort last season and they are very keen to improve,” he said.

“We are hoping that Jess can not only help our current players improve, but help secure new players who want to play and train with an elite footballer.

“Our door is always open to anyone wishing to try football for the first time, or to those who have played elsewhere and are looking for a change.

“We have started pre-season already, and train Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm at the Gol Gol Oval.

“If you are interested in giving footy a go, give me a call on 0409 049 290 or come on down to training and introduce yourself.”