Future looks bright for girls football club – Newbury Today

  • October 12, 2022

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A West Berkshire female only football club will now be able to train after dark thanks to its new floodlights.
The Thatcham and Newbury Town Ladies and Girls Football Club played under the new lights for the first time last week at Lower Way Playing Fields.
The club previously trained at Newbury Rugby Club (NRC) but, due to a growing membership at NRC, the girls eventually lost the use of its well-lit pitch.
Team manager Tony Turner said: “They [NRC] did offer us another area to play but it was not lit very well. We are still using Newbury Rugby Club for functions but we had nowhere else to go for training.”
He said: “We had about 200 girls with no training facility.”
Upon discussions with Thatcham Town Council and funding from the FA, Mr Turner was able to secure portable floodlights for Lower Way football field.
The club, which is the districts only female exclusive football club, now has a place for its Wednesday night training which Mr Turner said is necessary for the winter months.
Words of support and appreciation have since been flooding in with people thanking him for his hard work and calling the lights an “impressive” and “resounding success”.
Mr Turner has thanked support received from Thatcham Town Council, Newbury Rugby Club and the FA in bringing this project to completion.
The manager also commented on the importance of supporting females in sport. Something that has been increasingly vocalized nationally following the success of the Lionesses in summer.
He said there has been a noticeable increase in girls joining local clubs this year.
“There has definitely been an improvement across the board, hopefully it will continue,” he said.
“Having these lights, having training open, there’ll always be new girls who come along and see if they enjoy football.
“We make it as fun as we can and these lights have secured our future.”
He added: “Hopefully we don’t habe any more issues. This is going to help the future of the club.”
Anyone with an interest in playing football can contact Mr Turner on [email protected]

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