Hi, I’m Cathy Zontos, founder and designer of Footy Girls.
I’m married and a mum of 3. I have been a rugby league sports trainer for 9 years and counting.
I first started with a local team in the Newcastle comp and had a goal of working in an NRL club and after 2 years I was lucky enough to be offered a position at the Newcastle’s NRL side the Knights. I was there for 6 seasons and loved every minute of It, I met some of the best NRL, Origin and Australian and International players.
2017 was my year off but it was not long until a sports trainer that I had worked with at the Newcastle Knights asked me to help out with the Newcastle Women’s Rugby League Team. Not only was it the game I loved but now a women’s side, I wasn’t about to say no to that offer!
With a team that struggled to get going they made it to the Grand Final! From working with the girls I noticed things that they where using and wearing which were basically meant for men or boys and had to be cut or modified in some way to make it work for a woman.
So after many conversations and many, many nights searching the internet I realised that there wasn’t a place that sold footy stuff just for Women, so that was my light bulb moment and with the help of my daughter, Lanii, “Footy Girls ‘ was born.
At Footy Girls we are aim to have as many things for women’s football as we can. Footy Girls is not just for Rugby League but League Tag, Rugby Union, AFL and Soccer.
I feel so privileged to be able to work with the rep players, the Blues girls and our very own Australian Jillaroos. They, and all the footy girls have worked every bit of the way to make women’s sport something that makes people sit up and take notice, and we in intend to be there with them.