Back in July this year, Philip Dodd (aka Doddsy) visited local primary schools to gauge the interest in girls’ football for under-10 and under-11 teams. The result? Over 30 girls started to come to training on a Wednesday evening throughout the Summer, sometimes on a Thursday too! Three teams were created; The Consett Panthers (U10), The Consett Spiders (U11) and the Consett Lions (U11)!
The girls’ football train every Wednesday from 5.15pm to 6.15pm at St Pat’s field (from now until w/c 18th November at Consett Academy South Campus, 6-7pm; from w/c 25th November at Consett Stadium, time tbc) and play on a Saturday morning in Peterlee at North Durham College, which has amazing facilities. They were very lucky because The Steakhouse, Castleside, kindly offered to sponsor them and pay for all their strips as well as a Christmas party!
All the girls have to do is play the football they love to play, give it their best (which they always do) and enjoy themselves!! It’s been amazing to watch the progress they’ve been making over the past few weeks – their teamwork is developing so fast and when they score goals there are a few of us on the touch line who make some noise!
If any girls are interested in joining in with the girls’ football, there is still time to do so. Additionally if anyone else out there would like to sponsor them (we could do with some Winter jackets for the girls for the cold weather), please contact Philip Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
A big thank you to Nathalie Paris for submitting this great article.