In our first ‘Inside View’ we are delighted to feature Blyth Town Barca and their Under 14’s Girls Team. The below insight was provided by the Team Coach Andy and his daughter Abby who plays for the team. We haven’t edited the text in any way as we feel every word epitomises Grassroots Sports and in particular Girls Football. We are keen to share this post for many reasons, to share our grassroots experiences, to grow our grassroots community and to show everyone why we love our game..we hope you enjoy reading it.
“There are many reasons why I play football, but mainly because I enjoy it. In total, I’ve been playing football for nearly 7 years, all at Blyth Town. This is my 3rd season with the team we now call Blyth Town Barca. Over the time I’ve played, I’ve met many different players either playing against them or with them.
We started off our first season as Blyth Town Barca playing 7 a side and came runners up in the league as well as the league cup. Not to be feeling disappointed, we went to a long-running, end of season tournament in Blackpool and won in the final after a penalty shootout!! We won 2 more local tournaments and we sensed that was the start of something good.
I think it’s good that the amount of attention that female footballers get and that it is increasing as time goes on. They are starting to get noticed more and more, and more girls are playing from a younger age. I still think that they should get more attention still, but this can be helped through social media.
Another reason I play football is because of my team and how much of a nice group they are. We are all such good friends with each other and go places together away from the football pitch. Because of this, we play better as a team on the pitch as we know each other better. In the 2nd season as Blyth Town Barca we went one better to win the league and coming runners up in the cup. We were beaten in the final on the Saturday but played the same team in the league decider 3 days later when we thrashed them – that was an unforgettable experience. After this, we again went on to win the tournament in Blackpool again, after playing in 30 degree heat.
This season is more of a challenge for us as we are in a new league, with unknown teams, but this is good as it’s more of a challenge. There’s no point playing every weekend and winning in double figures as you’re not learning anything. You’re not getting better as individual players.
I’m just a girl trying to play my best, to help my team win and be competitive. We work hard together as a team but it is very rewarding. “
Our thanks to Andy & Abby for taking the time to supply this blog. If you would like to follow Blyth Town Barca on Twitter – find them @blythtownbarca
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