THE winter soccer season may be long gone, but a new program is helping female players experience the sport for the first time.
Northern NSW Football's Kick-On for Women program has reached its half-way point and has provided opportunities for several women across the region to play the game.
Gunnedah has played host to the weekly program, which has put players through their paces in a variety of skill-based drills.
Northern Inland Football general manager Julia Farina said the program had been a major success.
"We are seeing some really positive numbers, in terms of participation, right across the region," Farina said.
"Each week, everyone is learning something new and having a really good time doing it.
"The great thing about our sport is that it really does go all year round and this program is proof of that."
Farina said she was hopeful the program would encourage more women to get involved in the game at a club level.
"For us, it's really important to create pathways for people to become involved in the game long-term," she said.
"Programs like this one and our new Walking Football program are aimed to get people involved at a grass roots level.
"Hopefully people have a lot of fun in these types of programs and we will see our women's competitions continue to grow."
Despite being at the half-way point, Farina said it was not too late to get involved.
"We are halfway through, but we will be looking to run this program again in the future," she said.