Girls football is thriving at Southwell City. Thanks to the success of the club and the increased media exposure that ladies football is receiving at the moment, the Under 11 Girls team now has enough players to run two teams.
The team was established 4 years ago with just 5 players and on occasions for the first couple of years they struggled to put a full team out to compete in matches. However player numbers steadily grew as the club proactively went into local schools to introduce girls to football.
Last summer the club recruited so many players the decision was made to enter a second team into the league. The original team, of mainly established players, became the Cavaliers and a second team of mainly new players was created and called the Roundheads. The names were decided by a player vote and were suggested to reflect the civil war history of the town.
The coaching team of 7 are DBS checked and have between them FA coaching, safeguarding & first aid qualifications. The girls train on Mondays between 7pm & 8pm and Thursdays between 6pm and 7pm both as a combined team with matches on a Sunday morning.
At present the two teams have 26 registered players and 4 giving football a try but as the teams move from 7 to 9-a-side next season, they are looking to recruit further to ensure that both teams can be sustained.
Anyone interested in coming along to see if football is for them can attend training for free. The only requirements are enthusiasm and being in the current year 5 or 6 at school.