6 years ago, St Ann's and Sneinton Football Club, (SAS FC) had a girls team, but with dwindling interest, it lasted less than a year. A development plan was created, sessions for the girls team were started in 2014, and there was steady attendance of between 15 and 20 girls, across the 8-13 years age range.
Over the last 12-18 months, there have had a core group of around 10-15 girls playing football regularly, with consistant managers, so entering into a league began to feel sustainable. With Co-Funding from RenaissanceRe and the ALMT, SAS FC have been able to employ a volunteer female coach to work alongside existing, experienced members of staff and, together, they are attending all of the local primary and secondary schools to deliver girls football development sessions.
By August 2018, SAS FC are hoping to have 1, possibly 2, girls teams in the Nottinghamshire Young Elizabethan League. This will be the first time that the communities of St Anns' and Sneinton have ever been represented at league standard by a girls' team.
'Thanks to this piece of development work, the club has had its Charter Standard status confirmed by Nottinghamshire FA, who will be attending the girls' training session on Tuesday 24th April, to present the plaque and trophy to the Club secretary. This achievement is the recognition of 4 years of hard work by the club's many volunteers, players and parents; but none of it would have been possible without the continued support of the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust.'
Mick Dawber – Child Development Worker, Epic Partners, SAS FC