Ballarat Swans appoint Luke Brennan to lead new female program

NEW ERA: Luke Brennan Rob Simmonds and Karl Drever with Ballarat Swans girls' under-13 players Meg Drever, 11, and Kate Wilding, 11. Picture: Kate Healy

NEW ERA: Luke Brennan Rob Simmonds and Karl Drever with Ballarat Swans girls' under-13 players Meg Drever, 11, and Kate Wilding, 11. Picture: Kate Healy

Ballarat Swans have recruited former Hawthorn and Sydney player Luke Brennan to lead them into a new era in female football.

Brennan has taken on the newly created role of women’s football director at the club, which will launch its new three-tier program at Alfredton Reserve on Monday at 5pm.

The Swans plan to enter teams in the under-13, youth (under-18) and expanded senior competitions next season.

Ballarat had a team in the inaugural Ballarat Football League youth girls competition in 2011, but was not part of the competition this year.

The Ballarat-based Brennan has had a major hands-on role with the formation of the new AFLW competition in his full-time role with the AFL as an education talent project manager.

Robert Simmonds has been appointed youth girls coach, while Karl Drever will oversee the under-13 team. A senior women’s coach is still to be confirmed