Taverham girls proving football is not just for boys

A Taverham football club want more girls to put on their shin pads and take to the pitch to show it's not just a sport for the boys.

The Go Girl free football training at Hinks Meadow in Thorpe Marriott has been set up to run every Monday night after the Taverham Girls club received a �5,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

The money will start up new teams next season, as well as running the free sessions on Mondays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, with the hope of forming five new girls' football teams during the next three years.

Mark Sexton, Taverham Girls football secretary, said the club are seeking to attract more girls to join as he thinks that girls football has been neglected in parts of the city.

Mr Sexton, 49, said: 'Anybody can come along on a Monday and train for free. As long they bring a drink and shin pads then they're good to go. Most of our future focus will be towards girls aged from eight to 12 and forming teams at under 10, but we welcome any girls aged eight to 16 to come along.'

Abi McIntosh, 15, from Taverham, said she wants to show the boys that girls can play football too. She said: 'People think it's all about male footballers and we have got to get more girls in to it. It's not just a sport for boys – we can play too.'

Tegan Whitehair-Paulin, 15, from Horsham St Faith said she has been playing for five years, as her dad Kirk Paulin is a coach at the club.

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She said girls football proved to the boys that the girls can play a strong game too, as well as being good fun and sociable.

One of the team's coaches David Harty, a PE teacher at Wymondham High School said the girls' enthusiasm at the club was high and it was a good chance for them to socialise.

Abbie Walker, 10, from Thorpe Marriott, has been at the club for four months. She said she enjoyed showing people what she's good at and getting fit.

For more details just turn up on a Monday night, or telephone Mark Sexton on 07788 986 872, or email marksexton06@aol.com

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