New girls’ team aims to find next generation of female footballers

Some of the girls take part in ball skills.
Some of the girls take part in ball skills.

A football club is calling out for the next generation of female soccer stars.

Harton and Westoe Juniors has launched a new session for girls who enjoy the nation’s favourite game.

It was my daughter who asked me to start a team for the girls.

Phil Catley

It is the first time the club has offered girls the chance to learn footy skills with a view to one day playing in matches.

Already, since the club started its Friday night sessions four weeks ago, 15 youngsters now regularly attend.

However, the club says there is still room for more girls who enjoy playing football to join in.

Chairman of the club Phil Catley said: “We have a range of sessions for all ages however we didn’t have a session for girls.

“It was my daughter who asked me to start a team for girls. We had six girls at first but within four weeks that went up to 15.

“We are also looking for coaches for the girls or anyone interested in helping out at the club.”

The girls train on a Friday at St Wilfrid’s RC College, in Temple Park Road, South Shields, at 5pm.

Mr Catley added: “The club is growing quite well, when we started 18 months ago we had four teams now we have 22 with about 300 kids. “

The club has teams catering for youngsters as young as four to into their teens with 90 per cent of the teams competing in the Russell Foster League.

For information on the club and its teams contact Phil Catley on 07905602271 or visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/hartonandwestoejfc/