FOOTBALL: Rugby Borough's Women and Girls reflect on club's first year
Five new teams will play next season whenever football starts again
With no more play for the next few months, Rugby Borough’s Women and Girls have been reflecting on the club’s first year. Here’s their story...
Rugby Borough Women and Girls FC formed in the Summer of 2019 when the chairman and secretary of the girls and women’s club at Kilsby Lane decided they wanted to move out.
Not everyone wanted to move and after consulting teams and parents to find the best option for the girls, five teams decided to stay at Kilsby Lane. Rugby Borough Women and Girls FC was formed and the teams were formally registered with the governing body, Birmingham FA.
The first job was to elect a new committee. We were very lucky to have some exceptionally talented mums of players who engaged and stepped forward to help, who better to run the girls section we thought, than these super-mums.
It was refreshing to have a female club run by females and breaking down all of the stereotypes in football in the process!
We duly elected an all female leadership committee, quickly established our constitution and registered for the leagues.
We were massively helped by our sponsors - Amber Utilities, who provided all of the girls and women a free training kit at sign on, McDonald’s who provide our match day kits and Stanair who continued to sponsor our under 14’s team.
The committee engaged with the borough council, sharing our vision and five-year development plan for the club to grow which set out our strategy to develop female football in Rugby.
Through this we were delighted to obtain a grant to support our new teams with equipment and funds to train and qualify our volunteer coaches with first aid, welfare and safeguarding certifications.
We were also blessed to receive funding through the local Heart of England Co-operative who invested in helping us train referees and get some footballs, cones, ladders and hurdles for our very youngest to start their footballing journeys. We received a grant through Persimmon Homes too, with their Community Champions award, this enabled us to purchase further training aids.
We were delighted to support several of our young leaders with their Duke of Edinburgh awards as they helped our coaches design training sessions and deliver these to the younger age group teams.
The club was recognised by the FA through its quality of coaching provision as a ‘Wildcats Centre’, running sessions for girls age 5-11 who are new to football and are at the beginning of their footballing journey. These sessions are all about fun, fitness and skills development, growing their confidence until they are able to join one of our teams.
Sadly, this year hasn’t ended as we would have liked due to the COVID-19 outbreak with all grassroots football curtailed and the season over.
Our emergence as a women and girls club this year has been hugely successful, all of our competitive teams were strongly placed in the highest leagues in the Leicester City & County Girls Leagues and all of the girls at the club have been a huge credit to themselves, showing great sportsmanship and the club is very proud of all of our playing members, teams and volunteers.
Planning has already started for a successful 2020/21 season and we are adding five new teams this summer, with many of our parents stepping forward for volunteering roles within the club.
The Committee would like to to say a huge thank you to our army of supporters, volunteers, sponsors and most of all, the players who have made the club a fabulous place.
Girls or women who would like to try football can contact [email protected]
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