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GIRLS FOOTBALL

THE PROGRESSION OF GIRLS FOOTBALL - A CHAT WITH PAYFC COACH STEVEN CLARKE

Women’s/girls football has really taken off in the past few years, especially this summer, it must be great as a coach to see such progress?
We, as coaches, are delighted to be a part of the girls section at this moment in time. Not only have the numbers increased but the quality is improving all the time. Our most experienced team even made it to the South East Regional Cup Final beating some quality teams on the way.

What do you think needs to be done to keep the momentum going?
Basically, you can’t rest on your laurels. We keep encouraging the girls to bring friends along. We post messages on the PAYFC FB page to keep everyone upto date with their progress. We aim to place posters in the local schools as well. Hopefully, this will encourage others to come along

Can you tell us how you got involved in coaching with PAYFC and in particular the girls teams?
Like most coaches, initially it was due to my daughter, Jenna deciding she wanted to play football, after enjoying it at PE one day. A couple of parents were asked if we’d like to help out, so we thought we might as well get involved. That was 4 years ago, and I’ve not looked back since….well I have, but I keep coming back for more.

Who is all involved in coaching the girls?
Along with myself, we have Andrew Blackie and Richard Hall for the u13 girls. We also have a new addition in Stuart Dickson who will help out with our Blue team (new u13 team) at training and on game days. Until recently, one of our longest serving coaches, Colin Hutchinson took a step back but has volunteered his services when they are needed.
For the u11 team we have Iain Crail, Richard Osman and new addition David Edgar.

How many players do you currently have and how do you see it expanding in the future?
This time last year, we lost 8 of our older team to local rivals Bonnyrigg Rose due to those girls not having enough players to move on to 11 a side at u15 level. We decided at that time, not to make the same mistake and asked the girls to bring a friend to training. In the last year we’ve went from approx. 17 players to 34 with enough to accommodate an u15 11 a side team at the end of this season and potentially 2 x u13 teams. We’re also in the process of trying to bring in more younger girls at u9/u11’s.

If you are interested in finding out a bit more of our girl's teams or would be keen to come along you can get in touch with us or by contacting steven directly:-

Stevie Clarke 07919 620 222
stevenjaclarke@yahoo.co.uk