Carnmoney Ladies are expanding their flourishing junior section to introduce regular 11-a-side football for girls born in 2001 and 2002. They have joined the South Belfast Youth League and will play in the Under 13 age-group when the new season commences in September.
Club Chairman, Steven Lowry said, “Last season the girls in the 2001/02 age-group finished their participation in the IFA Games Development Programme, having played small-sided games over the past 3 years. As a club, we felt it was important to continue their development by progressing to play competitive 11-a-side football and the South Belfast League accepted our application. We are the first all-girls team to play in the league and we, as a club, are looking forward to overcoming the challenges we will inevitably encounter.
Since the small-sided leagues concluded in July, the squad have continued to train twice a week at our home pitches at Nortel, to prepare for a 20-game, 11-a-side season. Last week the girls played their first pre-season friendly against the visiting Tulsa National Academy (USA) and lost narrowly 2-1 – so it was a promising start! Our preparations will continue in earnest in the coming weeks as our build-up continues.
We are permitted to register 20 players and are hosting open trials (11th) and (13th) from at Nortel FC before we finalise our squad. We are extending an invitation to girls, born in 2001 or 2002, who share a similar vision to ourselves and would like to continue their development and play regular 11-a-side football next season.
It is obviously a big step not only for us, but girls and womens football, to have an all-girls team competing in a boys league. If any coaches or parents would like more information, please give me a call on 07988806390 or send a private message on our club Facebook page, Carnmoney Ladies FC."