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
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
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
"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