Spennymoor Town’s successful Youth Academy will continue its growth this month by starting its first ever training programme exclusively for girls, in order to create a girls’ football team.
The Academy, which already has 20 teams from age groups Under seven up to Under 18, has been developed from scratch over the last three years by Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Spennymoor Town FC. And there are plans to continue its growth, starting with the launch of a girls’ team within the next two months.
Following a surge in the popularity of girls’ football and several enquiries from the area, the club has decided to service the local demand.
Ryan Murray, Academy Director, said: “Our coaches have received a large number of requests from some of our parents and further afield for girls-only coaching sessions. There isn’t anything like this in the area.
“Not all young girls want to play alongside boys, so it’s important they aren’t discouraged from taking up football and are provided with an avenue to give it a go.
“We have four fully-qualified coaches waiting to take the reins on the girls’ sessions and set up a competitive squad. They comprise three men and one lady and are all experienced in children’s football.”
The sessions will be free for at least the first two months and the CRB-checked staff are keen to see as many girls as possible attend.
Sessions will start on Wednesday 25 January at Spennymoor Leisure Centre and will continue weekly. Sessions for ages four to nine will run from 5pm to 6pm and ages 10 and above will run from 6pm to 7pm. No specialist kit is required to take part, just trainers and suitable clothing for exercise.
Mr Murray added: “We hope to get a good number of regulars coming along to form a competitive squad. If anyone is on the fence or unsure, I’d urge them to just come and give it a go. They’ll receive support from the Academy staff and a high standard of coaching.”
The Academy gained extra autonomy from Spennymoor Town and set up its own Board at the start of the current 2016/17 season to manage its strategic direction and finances, which has resulted in further developments and ambition for growth - the girls’ team being the latest.
But there are still firm ties to the club, demonstrated by the string of Under 18 players being called up to the first team squad for Integro League Cup and Durham Challenge Cup games this season with great success.
For more information on Spennymoor Town Youth FC, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SpennymoorTownYouthFC/
Questions and enquiries should be made to Ryan Murray, Academy Director, on 07896418395.