Arsenal Ladies have been running a Monday night Ladies five aside league to engage female players for the first time, or those who may have played the game previously and are looking to get back into it.
The league supported by St Albans City council Sportivate and Premier League Women & Girls funding has been running for the last seven weeks offering weekly matches for just £10 per team or a maximum of £2 per player.
Two teams have been involved in the league engaging 60 independent players. Colney Heath Ladies were the leagues winners.
Quotes from participants
Gemma, Hemel Hempstead – “Just as good to play competitive game mid-week, I have enjoyed it."
Charlene, Hemel Hempstead – “Great, the league is getting more teams to play against, its helping my fitness.”
Laura, Leah’s Lionesses – "I am enjoying this more than 11 aside football. Its fun!"
Sarah, Leah’s Lionesses – "The league is getting all abilities involved in a fun football environment."
Leah, Leah’s Lionesses – "Fun way to get playing again."
Arsenal Ladies development officer – "The league has been a fantastic way for us to get more female players involved in the game. We run numerous sessions within the community but this is the first time we have tried to work with players aged 16+. The atmosphere around the games was fantastic, competitive yet fun and friendly."
The league will be relaunching in January supported through Premier League funding, if you have a group of friends who would like to create a team and get involved you can register your team until the December 23 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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