The Collingwood Football Club will mark it’s 125th year with the introduction of a women’s AFL team in the inaugural national women’s league, the AFLW. The club is one of eight to be granted a team in the new league kicking off in 2017.
The Collingwood women’s team will utilise the club’s $25 million state-of-the art facilities at The Glasshouse as well as the Olympic Park Oval at the Holden Centre, all in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting precinct.
Collingwood joins Carlton, Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Fremantle, Brisbane and Greater Western Sydney as the eight clubs to hold an AFLW license in the first year of the competition.
In a league-first, the club appointed highly respected female footballer Meg Hutchins to the full-time role of Women’s Football Operations Manager to oversee the growth of women’s football at both Collingwood and the grassroots level.
Wayne Siekman was named the team's first senior coach in July, while marquee players Moana Hope and Emma King were signed just hours later.
In October, 19 players joined Collingwood for its first season via the inaugural AFLW National Draft. Melbourne University defender Nicola Stevens was the first Magpie chosen at pick No. 6.
The team's first training session was held on 22 November, with the first official practice match taking place against the Western Bulldogs at the Holden Centre on 26 January.
Collingwood was scheduled to open the new competition against Carlton at Ikon Park on 3 February - a fitting way to begin a new era in the club's 125th year.