Article & Images by Jonathan White

The inaugural Nantwich Town Football Club (NTFC) Ladies Open Day took place on Sunday 17th July 2022 in Nantwich.

The Open Day was a great opportunity to celebrate the growth of the ladies’ section of NTFC, but also to make more people within the community aware of the opportunities at all levels and ages that exist.

The event included a girls open session (3-14 years) with numerous matches on the Applewood Arena 3G astroturf pitch, an opportunity to meet players and coaches, and a pre-season friendly match between Nantwich Town Ladies and Connah’s Quay Nomads Ladies on the main pitch of the Swansway Stadium.

It took place during an exciting time for Women’s football as England hosts the European Championship and have already reached the quarterfinals of the competition.

Three and a half years ago working with Richard Embley, the head of woman’s and girls football set out a clear plan to build female football in South Cheshire and this summer they will have record numbers of 52 new female footballers registering to play for the club over the 2022/23 season, bringing the total of female players to over 130 playing regularly

Chris Broad, Manager, Nantwich Town Ladies FC said: “Thank you so much to all who made it a great event. It’s fantastic to see what the girls section looks like when we all come together. To think that none of these teams existed at the club as recently as 2 years ago is staggering and emphasises the work the volunteer coaches and players are doing to build something special.

“As much as it was disappointing to end the day with a defeat, the first team continue to build on a strong pre season with a tough game against top opposition in extremely tiring conditions. I’m a firm believer that if you play these teams who play at a higher level, it will improve us. We got a good workout and created chances of our own. It will be worth it comes the beginning of the season. Thank you once again for all your support.”

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