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FA backs bid to get more Newark girls into sport

By Warwick Lane

Girls who have been taking part in the Newark Town Girls Centre of Development are pictured with coaches Steve Tur and Mark Nesbitt.
Girls who have been taking part in the Newark Town Girls Centre of Development are pictured with coaches Steve Tur and Mark Nesbitt.

A girls’ football development centre has been boosted after signing up to an initiative run by the Football Association.

Newark Town Girls Centre of Development, which was launched in October last year, has received two licences to run the new Wildcats campaign.

It gives girls aged five to 11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions created exclusively for girls.

The centre has received more than 100 footballs as well as bibs and banners, and an additional £1,800 in funding to help increase participation levels.

Mrs Carla Brown, the club’s junior secretary, said she was pleased with how the centre was growing.

"We were pleasantly surprised at the uptake," she said.

"We knew we would get a certain amount but we have now got more than 30 children coming regularly.

"Gaining the Wildcats licences opens us up to allow more children to get involved, share ideas with other clubs, and offer festivals for the children.

"One thing we want to promote is these sessions are for anyone, from girls who have never kicked a ball before to those who play for their school teams.

"Hopefully, we will be able to bring these young girls through together and give them the confidence to stay in the sport when they get to the age of 16 or 17."

Coaching sessions are predominantly run by Mark Nesbitt and Steve Tur.

Members of Newark Town Vixens under-18s will be offering support.

The club will run a girls’ festival tournament with other teams from the area at their summer tournament later this year.

Mrs Brown said they would be looking for more people to help stage the sessions to ensure they can support more young footballers.

"We could use some support from extra people," she said.

"We want this to be as successful as possible, and give the girls the best opportunity to stay involved with football in later life."

Sessions at Devon Park start on Sunday.

Coaching for girls, aged five to eight, runs from 10am to 11am, while girls aged eight to 11 will train from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Other Wildcats centres in the area include football clubs at Long Bennington, Bingham and Lowdham.

For more information on sessions being run by Newark Town, visit newarktownfc.com


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