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More girls wanted
Vale Juniors has become part of a programme to encourage young girls to get involved in football.
The football centre has joined with the FA Wildcats programme for the second year to inspire girls aged between five and 11.
Vale Juniors chairman Graham Evans said: “We started doing girls football in 2007 and we’ve had new teams every year since. We’ve had girls wanting to play for over 20 years, managers with daughters who wanted to play but there weren’t as many opposition teams available.
“There are always lots of boys, with the girls it’s a rapidly growing area especially with the Woman’s Super League being shown on television, the Olympics and with the England team doing so well. One of our girls plays for Liverpool Ladies and another for the England squad and Manchester United so she’s done extremely well.”
This is the second year Vale Juniors has joined up with the FA Wildcats programme. Sessions will be run at Eaton Bank on Monday, 15th April.
Mr Evans said: “We try and make it a welcome environment and we’ve noticed a lot more girls. It’s a programme that the Football Association promotes.”
Mr Evans said he was also trying to encourage older girls to get involved. Currently, Vale Juniors has a team for every age except under-13s. He said: “There are more girls playing so we do have more age groups. The girls can join in anyway with our team but most girls want to play with other girls. As more girls play, we’ll be able to have every age group, going up.”
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