By Martin Lee, manager, Bradley Stoke Ladies FC.
When the Bradley Stoke Ladies team formed in May 2015, no one could have imagined the growth the club would go on to make over such a short period of time.
Going into the new 2018-2019 season playing in the Gloucestershire County Women’s Football League Division 2, the club will now have representation from two teams.
We are seeing an ever-expanding interest from female players wanting to join a club whose principles are allowing opportunities to any female of 16 years old and above to come and try football in a safe, fun-based environment, allowing each player to develop at their own pace. The management committee is full of experience, encouragement, youth and passion to drive the club to the next level. The club strategy is to bring more females into playing football (currently 39 players registered), to have more female coaches at the club (currently we have one), to have more female managers at the club (currently we have one) and to have a management committee that has strong female representation (currently we are at 83 percent).
The club is looking for new players for both the First Team and the Development Team to further our growth plans. Even though we are two separate teams in the league, we are one club and train together every Tuesday evening at Bradley Stoke Community School between 7pm and 8pm on the AstroTurf, under floodlights.
The coaching staff are all FA Level 2 qualified and provide varying session plans for the squad to follow. The club runs a female progression pathway where we offer support via a mentoring program and provide assistance to the player to obtain a coaching qualification badge.
Bradley Stoke Ladies First Team and Bradley Stoke Ladies Development Team have made a great start to the season with the First Team achieving two wins from their first two matches and the Development Team recording one win and a defeat.
We are an FA Charter Standard Community Club with our primary focus being that everybody enjoys themselves both at training and during matches. On match days after our league games we all go down to the Baileys Court Inn, who kindly provide food for us (they also did this last season, so big thanks to them for their support each year).
If anyone is interested in joining or wants more information, then please contact Martin Lee on 07785 384618, Charlotte Hand on 07912 569670, visit the club’s website at bradleystokeladies.wixsite.com/bslfc or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Bradley Stoke Ladies FC First Team (2018/19 season).
This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 20). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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