A new program starting at Roebourne Regional Prison is set to help women on the road to rehabilitation through football.

The women’s program has been established by the West Australian Football Commission and will see the women spending one and a half hours a week learning about various topics, doing a skills session and playing a short game.

WAFC Pilbara regional manager Vicki Agnew said ultimately the program was about building strong women.

“We want to help ladies that aren’t necessarily going to be footballers but are women who can go back to their communities and be role models for the younger generation coming through,” she said.

“If we can give someone skills to help them get a job then that would be amazing.”

The program went through a 10- week pilot session last year with the ladies from the prison helping to decide how the program should run.

“They want information sessions and to learn practical life skills like strapping, nutrition, first aid, coaching and umpiring,” Ms Agnew said.

“We did a lot of team building work with them and in the first two weeks saw a massive difference in their confidence.”

The plan is for it to be a six-month program that is repeated twice a year with guest speakers from a wide cross-section of the community providing the information sessions.

So far there has already been expressions of interest from the police, Volunteering WA, umpiring specialists and journalists to help out.

“We want to break the cycle,” Ms Agnew said.

“If we can get just one woman to think about what she’s doing, or stop one of the younger girls doing the same thing, it’s been worthwhile.”

The program starts today and will run every Wednesday from 9- 10.30am. Anyone who is interested should phone Vicki Agnew on vagnew@wafc.com.au.