The Norwood Football Club would like to announce that Women’s Head-Coach Steve Symonds will head to Victoria to Coach the Collingwood Football Club Women’s Team for the next two seasons.
Symonds was appointed Senior Coach in October 2016 after the Redlegs were granted an inaugural SANFLW licence.
The 48-year-old goes down in history as the first elite State women’s premiership coach after steering the Lady Legs to a 27-point win over North Adelaide in the 2017 Grand Final.
Symonds when onto to lead the side to the 2018 Grand Final along with finishing as Minor Premier in 2019.
He also took part in Norwood’s first ever international trip, in which the Lady Legs travelled to Croatia to play the Croatian National Team in October last year.
“I’d just like to thank the Norwood Football Club for giving me the opportunity to come in and establish a Women’s program from scratch,” Symonds said.
“It’s been a fantastic experience and I have had fantastic support along the way.
“We certainly believe we have started to build a program that is going to be a long sustainable one, and we are really proud of the culture that we have started to develop.
“Long term I’d love to be in a position to return back one day in some form of role; hopefully wiser and a more experienced coaching person.”
CEO of the Norwood Football Club James Fantasia said Symonds’ impact on Norwood was profound.
“Steve has been instrumental in establishing our SANFLW program and will always be part of the Redlegs family,” Fantasia said.
“He delivered a premiership and also inspired a generation of young girls and women to consider a sporting career in football, or even be a supporter and follow the game we all love.
“We will always be grateful for his work both on and off the field in establishing such a strong platform for us to continue to grow the women’s game, and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”