Women kick off Jess Zaccheo Cup

FEMALE football fans have plenty to look forward to this Sunday, February 18, when five matches in the inaugural Jess Zaccheo Cup will be contended at Guildford West Sportsground starting from 9am.

Comprising 14 clubs from across Sydney, with 16 teams in total, the round-robin tournament is being hosted by Holroyd Rangers FC and got underway on February 4 in the lead-up to the March 3 grand final.
Holroyd Rangers FC President Danny Rizk said the club decided to get the cup up and running due to a lack of female football tournaments.
“The response was huge and we had to knock back some clubs, we had that much interest,” he said.
The pre-season women’s cup was named after Holroyd club secretary, Jess Zaccheo, whom Rizk described as “pivotal in the growth of grassroots and women’s football”.
Jess said she was honoured but at first, was in shock and shy.
“It feels wonderful, though, to be helping provide a platform to celebrate women and their contribution to sport,” she said.
“I am very proud to give my name to the cup.”
Rizk said most of the women playing in Holroyd’s three cup teams, were also upcoming season players.
“But we’re short on numbers for our over 30 womens teams and also need younger females aged between six and 16 years.”
Rizk said his club had created a supportive and empowering environment for female players.
The club initiated a girls’ grassroots program, providing young girls with the chance to develop their football skills from an early age.
“The success of our female football program has been remarkable; the club organises regular training sessions, workshops and mentoring programs specifically tailored for its female players,” he said.
“These initiatives not only enhance technical skills but also foster self-confidence and leadership qualities on and off the field.”
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