Girls flock to play football in Sodbury

December 22 2016

A new initiative to increase the number of girls playing football across the country has made an impact in Chipping Sodbury.

A new initiative to increase the number of girls playing football across the country has made an impact in Chipping Sodbury. 

St Nicholas YFC girl’s teams based at the Ridings has reported a steady increase in the number of girls participating in the scheme. 

The journey begins with the development squad for U9 girls who learn the basic technical skills and benefit from the initial physical, social and psychological development. 

Lauren White, a talented footballer herself, manages the development squad. Lauren has represented St Nicholas girls’ teams at all age groups and has played for both Ladies teams, despite the demands of studying at the University of Gloucester .

The FA scheme was open to clubs with teams playing in the FA Women’s Super League and The FA Women’s Premier League, and provides funding for clubs to build new competitive playing squads for girls between the ages of 5 and 14. 

With the Ladies first team currently playing in the FA WPL, St Nicholas was among thirty-four clubs across the UK, including big clubs such as Arsenal, who successfully applied for the programme. 

The additional sessions run by St Nicholas has enabled them to attract new players. As a result the development squad has grown and the club was able to form a new U10 team. Managed by Ben Rose the U10 girls are now well established and enjoying their football in the Bristol Girls League.

The under 11 and under 13 teams have also been able to increase their numbers. Ex Development Squad Manager Ian Reeves is now in his second season with his team playing in the under 11 division of the BGL.

In his first season in charge of the under 13 girls Neil Conway is relishing the experience “watching my daughter playing her first football last season was special for me” said Neil “I was initially nervous about taking on the team however the girls are so enthusiastic and positive it is impossible not to love being their manager”. 

Neil joins a club with twenty teams entered in seven different leagues across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The club now has girls teams at under 10, under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 16. At 16 the girls join either the Ladies Reserves team playing in the division one of the Gloucester County Women’s Football League, or the Ladies First Team in the FAWPL; possibly following in the footsteps of the team captain Sophie Sweet who began her football with St Nicholas under 13 girls. 

St Nicholas is always on the lookout for new players and contact details can be found on line at http://www.stnicksfc.co.uk