Heslerton FC are looking to launch a new ladies team, with many of the players inspired by watching their children in action for the village club.
After attending the under-nines training sessions on a a Friday night, watching their children put through their paces, the mums turned to Ali Horton asking if they could ‘do a bit of exercise’ and learn the laws of football while their boys were occupied.
The busy club chairperson, secretary and FA level 1 coach and qualified referee set up and advertised a Friday ladies session open to all ages and abilities.
Horton said: “Current Easingwold ladies player Mari Palmer, mum and coach at Heslerton, agreed to support the session and we also instigated the help of the club’s development level 2 coach Nick Booker.
“It was a huge shock and pleasant surprise as they approached the impressive Heslerton sports ground as the amount of ladies waiting was 22, aged from 10 to 50 (pictuired above).”
Horton added: “We have been training for five weeks now and the numbers have never dropped below 15.
“The ladies are loving it and are able to share the skills they learn with their children as well as adding a bit of exercise to their week.
“ I have already met with ladies and girls East Riding FA development officer Gemma Thomas who is currently seeking to affiliate our ladies section. We will then have talks with the Beckett League to enquire as to the possibility of a ladies league in Ryedale or seek local opportunities to develop ladies football.”
The club are also looking at starting an under-16 girls team next season too so any girls or ladies who are interested in trying out football can contact Ali on 07779721195.
The ladies football for over-16s aims to offer fun football drills and skills and also the opportunity to improve and develop the more competitive players and to try and establish a team.
Horton said: “We train every Friday at Heslerton sports ground from 5.30pm to 7pm. For more information contact me on the above number.”