A Bedmond-based community football club have seen major growth in the number of girls playing football during the past year.
Bedmond Youth FC are an established club with several teams for male players aged between five and 18, but until last autumn, had been unable to establish an all-girls side.
That all changed when last September, thanks to a new influx of young female players, they launched an Under 12s side. Despite a rocky start, the team is now flourishing, enjoying matches and winning games.
Thanks to this success, a group of nine- and 10-year-old girls are currently training with the Under 12s. The club are hopeful they will be able to start a team with the younger players soon.
Speaking to ABBOTSnews, club secretary James Taylor said: “It’s all about visibility and girls seeing themselves in big positions. This influx started before the Euros last year, but it definetely made a massive difference.
“We’ve now got to encourage more women to get involved in the game by coaching at a grassroots level. We need visibility and representation in all aspects, including administrative and coaching areas.”
To find out more about the club, search ‘Bedmond Youth FC’ on Facebook.