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AFL lags in promoting women: Bec Goddard

The inaugural AFLW premiership coach Bec Goddard says the AFL should look to basketball in how to treat female athletes and coaches equally.

AFL lags in promoting women: Bec Goddard

The inaugural AFLW premiership coach Bec Goddard says the AFL should look to basketball in how to treat female athletes and coaches equally.

BEC GODDARD, Senior Coach of the Crows during the 2017 AFLW match between the Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants at Thebarton Oval in Adelaide, Australia.
BEC GODDARD, Senior Coach of the Crows during the 2017 AFLW match between the Adelaide Crows and the GWS Giants at Thebarton Oval in Adelaide, Australia. Picture:Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media/Getty Images

Adelaide's AFLW premiership coach Bec Goodard has taken aim at the AFL, saying the league is miles behind basketball in its treatment of female leaders.

Goddard and the Crows parted ways last year after she was unable to secure a full-time position, despite leading the club to the inaugural AFLW flag in 2017.


Following her departure from Adelaide after two seasons, the 40-year-old took up a coaching role with WNBL club, the Canberra Capitals.

Canberra head coach Paul Goriss revealed Goddard was pivotal as the club built a 12-game winning streak en route to their first title in eight years.

Goddard said the code-hopping experience demonstrated to her that the AFL was lagging behind in promoting female leadership.

"I thought it might take one club in Adelaide to do it with me and obviously I went on to have the success that we did, but nothing really changed," Goddard told reporters on Thursday.

"It was pretty hard when I left, I felt like I was going through a bit of a bad break-up.

"But coming back to Canberra ... going straight into the WNBL and seeing how another women's sport treats their athletes and coaches equally was a great opportunity."

There are no female head coaches in the AFLW this season after Matthew Clarke replaced Goddard at the Crows and Michelle Cowan's position at Fremantle was filled by Trent Cooper.

Clarke is also an assistant coach with Adelaide's AFL side, and has the full-time role that Goddard coveted.

"I would certainly love another opportunity to have a crack at the AFL and do that full-time," Goddard said.

"We're spending a lot of money on technology to try and make our teams great.

"The answer is right in front of you: women provide a unique perspective and that is the sporting edge."

Goddard is currently taking part in a Sport Australia and AIS leadership program with 33 female coaches and executives looking to drive great diversity in Australian sport.

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