July 29, 2022 By Cyrille Ndongo-Keller Off

Newsletter T3/W3

Dear Parents,
It was great to meet a number of parents last Wednesday at our term 3 parents meeting held at Willis Sports Centre. This was also the opportunity to welcome new parents into our football development environment and family. The future is looking bright on and off the field for the program. Our teams are showing a very high level of competitiveness across all the age categories. This is not a surprise given that we have been able to train consistently over the last couple of weeks with improving weather conditions. 
The motivation and enthusiasm at training remains very high from Mini Mongo all the way to the Academy programs. 
The introduction of the Mini Soccer Cup will no doubt provide our kids with a real opportunity to develop and improve their game understanding, awareness and culture. 
What we have created is a nurturing environment and culture that will allow players to play football throughout the year. An environment shaped and guided by our club’s values of Drive-Courage-Respect & Pride
It is also a great opportunity for parents to play a supporting role in making this environment a dream one for the kids.  See you on the field. 

Cheers

Cyrille

Euro 2022: Lionesses’ success shows how far the game has come

On a night that saw the England women’s football team sweep aside Sweden to reach the Euro 2022 final, one of their fans nearly managed to upstage them. 

Footage of a young girl, wearing a full England strip, singing and dancing to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline went viral. 

For many it was a moment even greater than the outrageous backheel that helped secure the Lionesses’ victory. Will the win inspire the next generation?

Instead, perhaps, it showed how far the game had come. The girl, eight-year-old Tess, from Wakefield, is already a keen footballer. Her grandmother said “Tess doesn’t need any inspiring” as she “absolutely loves football”. 

Asked about the moment on BBC Breakfast, Tess said: “When I’m older I want to be a footballer, so I was looking for how they were celebrating, and thinking of how I was going to celebrate.”

The win comes at a time of increasing interest in the women’s game, with the number of girls playing for football teams rising by more than 40% in the last three years.