New girls’ football section is up and running with high hopes for future

Alnwick Town girls with manager Mark Hedley, left, and Tracy Surtees, of Great Britannia Care Ltd, right.
Alnwick Town girls with manager Mark Hedley, left, and Tracy Surtees, of Great Britannia Care Ltd, right.

A new girls’ football section has kicked off at Alnwick Town, with high hopes of supporting and expanding the female form of the game in the area.

Run by manager/coach Mark Hedley, the initiative is aimed at those aged from around six-and-a-half to 14.

There are currently 20 members on the books and the section has a team – Alnwick Town Girls’ Britannia FC – which plays in the Girls’ Pinpoint League at Benfield.

Despite being in its early stages, having only begun this year, Mark is hopeful that the section can grow and help provide a platform for girls from around the area who want to play the game.

He said: “Alnwick Town FC asked me to create a section of Alnwick Juniors which catered for girls.

“It came after Northumberland FA completed a look at what the schools, clubs and Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre were asking for; help to provide provision for girls’ football.

“By setting up this girls’ section, Alnwick Town is giving provision for young girls from within the community and surrounding areas to allow them to play football.

“Alnwick Town has a rich history and it is an established club which is well-known.

“Girls’ football is the biggest growing team game in the UK at the moment, so setting up a girls’ football section at Alnwick Town gives an extra dynamic to the club.”

Mark, who is an experienced grassroots coach, says that the girls who are currently involved are progressing nicely.

He added: “The section is in its very infant stages, but the girls who we have got are loving it and they are really trying hard.

“We have eight girls from the section who are currently playing in the Pinpoint League and I honestly believe that there are more girls out there who would like to play the game.

“There are many things about this which inspire me; one of these is to one day have a girls’ team playing on the St James’ Park pitch.”

Mark says that the section is looking for more volunteers, including helping with administration and coaching.

The girls train on Tuesdays in the sports hall at Alnwick’s Lindisfarne Middle School and anyone interested is welcome to attend.

A session for those aged six-and-a-half to nine takes place from 6pm to 7pm, while a second class, for nine to 14-year-olds runs from 7pm to 8pm.

The girls’ section is being sponsored by Alnwick-based company Great Britannia Care Ltd, while Sportsworld, in the town, has provided the kit.

For more information about the new girls’ section, call Mark on 07854 825183.

There are also more details on the Alnwick Town Girls’ Facebook page.