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Here Come The Girls
Wednesday 29th June 2016 @ 16:57 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Although the football season is over, Glossop Juniors have been excelling on and off the pitch.

Far from putting their feet up, several teams have entered summer competitions – the most recent of which came last Saturday in Urmston.

Open to girls only, Glossop entered two competitive sides: Under-eights and Under 10’s.

Having formed little more than six months ago, the tournament marked the first time in which the Under-eights have played competitively together.

The squads endeavour and sportsmanship was hailed by Under 11s’ coach Ben Mills.

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Speaking to Chronicle Sport, Ben said: “We entered a few teams into a tournament in Urmston last weekend.

“The event was girl specific, well attended and played in a really nice environment.

“It was a pleasure to see the Under-eights enjoying their first games of football.

“They showed real quality and determination, but more importantly, they enjoyed it – long may that continue.”

Despite a three month wait, the squad are looking ahead to their first taste of league action in September. Ben added: “We’ll be entering the squad into the North Manchester Girls’ League from September, so there’s a lot of excitement surrounding that.”

The Under 10’s side are equally as excited for another season in the popular league.

Formed around 18 months ago, the squad currently boasts 17 players.

Detailing the importance of girls’ football, Ben said: “I think it’s great to see so many girls who want to come and play for Glossop.

“We currently cater for five teams across the age groups, and given the growing interest, I can see that expanding.”

Ben also praised the efforts of club personnel. He added: “Glossop Juniors have a solid core of coaches and volunteers who work wonders for the club.

“It’s nice to see so many people who actively encourage youngsters into sport.”

Questioned on the importance of funding, Ben said: “Funding is always a challenge, so we’re very grateful to businesses such as the Co-Op and Rowhouse who’ve sponsored us.

“There are sponsorship opportunities available at the club, so if anyone’s interested, please feel free to contact us.”

Citing possible reasons for the increase in girls’ football at Glossop, Ben said: “The Derbyshire FA has also been fantastic, especially in promoting girls football.

“The Glossop ladies team have also been important in raising the profile of women’s football.

“Zoey Shaw and Leanne Price run a ‘Girls Development Centre’ on Wednesday evenings at Glossopdale’s ATP.

“The sessions are basically aimed at young girls and provide many of them with their first taste of football.”

Those interested in joining Glossop Juniors should head to the clubs official website:

http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/glossopnorthendjuniors