Nantwich Town Ladies are holding their first open day on Sunday 17th July
This is a great opportunity for us all 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 and that they are welcome to come and join in on the day.
There is lot’s going on and also a number of games on The Applewood Arena, culminating with the Ladies First Team playing Connah’s Quay Nomads on the main pitch of The Swansway Stadium at 2pm
We are currently at an exciting time for Women’s football as England hosts the Euros, driving record attendances at packed out stadiums and showing the world what we already knew at NTFC that it’s most certainly her game too!
Three and a half years ago working with Richard Embley, our head of woman’s and girls football set out a clear plan to build female football in South Cheshire and this summer we will have record numbers of 52 new female footballers registering to play for the club over the 22/23 season, bringing the total of female players to over 130 playing regularly.
Director Of Football, Clive Jackson said “we asked Richard to help shape our vision and plans as we knew him well from running a team at the club for 7 years with his son Daniel and we also knew that Richards own daughter Rosie (who now coaches at the club) played for us in boys teams for 10 years before playing at clubs such as Crewe, Everton, Stoke before earning a football scholarship to play and study in the USA and is now playing for West Brom in the Womens National league.
The success of the strategy is remarkable in just 3 years we now have over 130 female footballers playing regularly at the club and that’s despite having to deal with lockdowns for 2 of those years. The season ahead we will now enter junior teams in competitive leagues at u8, 10,11, 12,13,14 and u16. The process all started with the club becoming an fa accredited wildcats centre which was aimed at encouraging 5-11 year old girls to start playing football”
Our Womens first team Managed by Chris Broad achieved promotion to the cheshire premiership in its first year together and now are preparing for their 3rd season. The first team focus over preseason has been to ensure that Chris has the best available infrastructure to Support our players recruiting Assistant manager Dan Mello, first team coach Neil Robbins, both experienced in the female game and importantly retaining Colin Mason who also doubles as u13 manger as Goalkeeper coach, but also bringing in sports scientist Callum Hurst and experienced physio in Emma Graham.
Richard commented ‘’our pathway to the first team is clear and developing – Chris has brought in four exciting 16 year old players into the first team over the last 12 months and we have now attracted some very good footballers to the club at u14 and u16 for this season’’.
We aren’t stopping there though we are one of a handful of clubs in Cheshire to become an FA accredited girls squad centre, launching in September aimed at developing recreational football and new footballers for teenage girl’s aged 11-15. This will be headed by Dani Fisher- Sherratt our first team vice captain and u13 coach. Dani said ‘’Girls squad is all about proving a fun, safe and vibrant environment for teenage girls – if they choose to develop into footballers then we can place them in a team. If not we will let them play and develop friendships’’.
The club also have recreational sessions running every Tuesday for adult players of all abilities.
“At the club we are of course reliant on a volunteer infrastructure and we are now particularly proud that we have 10 female coaches who are working with our youth players and we are really committed to helping these amazing females on in their coaching journey with us” said Clive Jackson
Richard Embley adds” The Key is taking care of players and our coaches, they are all volunteers but are valued and wanted by the football club. We recognise that we all want equality but for us initially that means first class, coaching, support, facilities, kits and performance optimisation, the rest will follow as we grow the game”
Club Chairman Jon Gold has expressed his delight in the growth of Ladies section “With the growth on our Female side we are a clearly a better more inclusive football club and much more representative of the community we are based in. But commercially we are also starting to see the value of Female football in terms of additional sponsors and incremental revenues coming into the club”
We Welcome you all Ntfc Womens open day 17th July 11 games of football- come down bring your families, try taster free coaching sessions- face painting – beat the keeper- raffle and lots of family fun. The bar is open 11-5pm