A group of students from Bridgnorth Endowed School recently took the initiative to approach one of the town’s football clubs in a bid to form their first U13 and U10 girls’ teams.
The idea stemmed from a school trip to Loughborough University in March of last year, where students got the chance to meet the England international left-sided winger, Sue Smith.
Both of the teams, now part of Bridgnorth Town Juniors, have since been supported with FA start-up grants from the Football Foundation and have secured a local sponsor for their kit.
Steve Chase, of Bridgnorth Town Juniors and PE teacher at Bridgnorth Endowed School, said: “We were approached by a group of girls who wanted to set up their own team having been inspired by a school visit to Loughborough University where they met Sky Sports presenter and England Lioness legend, Sue Smith.”
“We have been really pleased with the commitment and we now boast a full 17 in our U13 girls’ team – our U10 team have a squad of 11 too.”
“We are so pleased that the girls have an opportunity to access football just like their male counterparts.”
“We have one of the best facilities in the area and we are supported by AFC Bridgnorth who allow us access to the changing facilities and their hospitality suite during the match.”
The club is looking to expand its girls’ football with another two local teams and anyone interested in getting involved should contact the club’s head of girls’ development on 07967709193.
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