Vale Girls are football crazy, football mad

Sports:

Football

Location:

Vale of Glamorgan

Vale Ladies & Girls Football Club, which launched in the summer of 2012 has already become one of the largest female only clubs in South Wales having created extensive links with local schools in all areas across the Vale of Glamorgan.

Currently with seven teams and over 100 players competing in the South Wales Girls League, the club is growing on a weekly basis as new players are getting inspired to take up the sport.

As well as running existing teams, the club has been very proactive in providing opportunities for girls to experience football through school programmes and festivals.

With sport development support from Sport Wales including funding from two Community Chest grants, the club has been able to position itself at the forefront of the female game in Wales.

Sport Wales Manager, Tom Overton said: "Although this is a relatively new addition to the community, the challenge to get more girls introduced to sport at a young age is something which has been embraced by Vale Ladies & Girls Football Club.

"We know from our research that women and girls are dropping out of sport, the situation is not unique to Wales but it's one that we at Sport Wales and our partners are determined to address.

"It is excellent to see that clubs such as Vale Ladies & Girls Football Club are increasing female membership, it's a great example to follow. It would be fantastic if these opportunities for girls became the norm in every community."

Since November 2012 the club has run the first 'Girls Football Primary School League' which brings 16 teams from 14 schools in the area together on a fortnightly basis to play regular friendly matches.

Club chairman Luke Williams commented: "The club has successfully created links with over 25 schools in the local area as we see this as a fundamental area for the future growth of the game. Girl's football is becoming more and more popular and the creation of the school league and festivals that we host provide opportunities for girls to experience football in a fun and friendly environment."

"We offer football for girls aged 7-16 and from September 2013 we will be launching our first ladies team creating a pathway for players to continue playing into their adult life. We cater for all abilities so come and give it a go!"

For anyone who is interested in becoming a member, please visit the club's website: www.valegirlsfc.co.uk or email: valegirlsfc@gmail.com

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