The meteoritic rise in the number of girls playing football has been all too evident in the local and national press. Opportunities for girls to mix it up with the boys in the Eastern Junior Alliance is few and far between.
Now, Cambridge City Youth FC is uniting its effort to support and develop the girls by firstly introducing them to training with the boys on a weekly basis whilst offering the opportunity to compete in the EJA should the coach, player and parent/guardian wish to do so.
Cambridge City Girls FC has a wealth of quality within and after speaking to Gemma Clare she had this to say, "THIS IS A HUGE OPPORTUNITY which I am proud to be part of and see develop into a great but also natural step forward for youth football in this area. The youth set up at both City boys and City girls are the best it has ever been so it was only a matter of time this link between the two setups was going to happen and for us to take advantage of the position we have found ourselves in. The Ladies and Girls have just had their most successful season with the Ladies First Team gaining promotion to the National league and many of our youth teams winning league and cup doubles so to ensure the stability of our Ladies teams, progression and development of our youth players and an attractive pathway for our girls it is an essential as well as exciting opportunity for all those currently involved and all future players. This is one major step forward in the right direction for the development of our girls and Cambridge City Football Club as a whole. I hope other clubs will follow suit to further develop their talented players as well as break down a few barriers along the way. "
For the boys, this will offer them the opportunity to develop their own game in the environment that will challenge them even further. City Youth competes in a competitive league and having the girls playing a major role in this, the future is very exciting for everyone connected to the club.
If you're interested in challenging yourself further contact Gemma Clare by email.