Women over 30 years old are getting the chance to be more than just football supporters. Working in partnership with Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire FA have introduced a brand new Ladies Over 30’s League which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
Initially introduced as a pilot programme, the new league has been created following the identification of a gap in the female game. Throughout the County the number of girls’ teams has increased, however the provision for ladies football at an older age is limited. Because of this, Staffordshire FA is introducing a new Ladies Over 30’s League for mums, ex-players and women wanting to play the game for the first time.
The new League allows ladies to keep fit and socialise in a format of the game that has little commitment. The League takes place once a month which allows ladies to continue their current commitments but to also enjoy the game in a fun and safe environment.
Bethan Woolley, Staffordshire FA Football Development Officer (Inclusion) said
“So many mums turn out week after week to cheer on their daughters and sons, but don’t currently have the provision to play themselves. Over the last couple of months, many ladies have explained how much they would love to play but there has never been the tailored format that takes into account their ability and time constraints.”
“because of the increase in girls’ teams across the County, we felt that it was important that we also supplied the provision and opportunity for females of an older age group to engage in the game. The new League allows females with the opportunity to participate in a structured format once a month. We hope that this casual commitment will allow ladies with the opportunity to play the game in a fun environment, but also not impact too much on their already busy lifestyles.”
The League kicked off on Thursday the 13th October during FA Girls’ Football Week, which saw Wyrley Ladies FC Cougars draw 1-1 with Burntwood Ladies FC. Bethan Woolley added:
“The great thing is these women are role models for their daughters and girls, there are so many children here tonight supporting and it’s great to see.”
The Ladies Over 30’s League currently has four teams taking part at a central venue, Coppice Performing Arts School. It is hoped that interest will increase and the League will grow throughout the season.
For more information about the League or the provision available for Ladies over 30 please contact Bethan Woolley directly via firstname.lastname@example.org