Altrincham Girls' Football Club
Altrincham Girls' Junior Football Club has gone from strength to strength since its establishment six years ago when it started off with just three teams. Last year the membership doubled and there are now 245 girls playing from under 7s to under 17s, with the main growth being in the under 7s-under 9s age group. The teams are very successful and won six trophies last season. A recent milestone was the transfer of player Megan Rowley from the juniors to the ladies’ section of Altrincham Football Club.
Altrincham Football Club's logo
So why is football for girls so popular locally? We are on the edge of a great footballing city but it was the success of England’s team at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that captured the attention and hearts of the whole nation. The bronze medal-winning Lionesses inspired a new generation of footballers and with almost three million registered players, football is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England.
However, women’s football has a longer history than most people would expect. There were a number of women’s clubs in the 1890s and one in north London was reported to have attracted a 10,000 gate to a game at Crouch End. Preston was the stronghold of women’s football in its early days. Their match with St Helen’s Ladies on Boxing Day 1920 attracted a crowd of 53,000 to Goodison Park. Despite this popularity, the Football Association banned women’s football from its clubs’ grounds until the 1960s as it considered football was ‘quite unsuitable for females’!
Fortunately for the girls enjoying their games with Altrincham Girls' times have changed! However, some professional teams are still more supportive of the women’s game than others. Manchester United doesn’t have a women’s team whilst Manchester City has a women’s only stadium next to the Etihad and has recently signed two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and American captain, Carli Lloyd. Carli is a World Cup winner and double Olympic gold medallist – what an amazing role model for budding female players! See a photo of Carli in action at the top of the article (photograph courtesy of Manchester City Football Club)
The team trains on Wednesdays from 6pm at The Grammar on Marlborough Road in Hale. They are always keen to meet new players and are particularly looking for an under 8s goalkeeper. They are also looking for local businesses to sponsor their kit and to sponsor events. If you are interested in getting involved then have a look at the website here
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