Cashel girls soccer club is calling for new players in anticipation of entering the Tipperary Schoolgirls league for the first time in the season ahead.
Following on from the record number of young girls participating in the hugely successful Mini Euro’s soccer tournament that finished last week, it is hoped that even more young girls return to training and register to compete in the Tipperary Schoolgirls soccer leagues which will be kicking off in about six weeks’ time.
Before the Summer break, upwards of forty young girls aged between six and 13 trained regularly in Cashel, and the club now hopes that the increased awareness that the recent tournament created, will lead to even greater numbers coming back when training resumes next week (Wednesday, August 22).
Last January was the first time ever in South Tipperary that schoolgirls competed in an all girl’s league, with competitions at under 12 and under 14/16 age groups. The league was very successful and it is hoped that this season, Cashel can also enter teams into the league, to show off the wide array of talent that exists within the town and in the villages around Cashel.
As well as the age divisions that were hosted last year, the league hopes this year to also add in an under 10 league, and to run an under 14 league separate to the under 16 girls.
There is no doubt that underage girls football is on the rise, with the FAI acknowledging that it is the fastest growing sector in Irish football today. Even Ireland’s Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor cut her teeth as an Irish women’s international soccer player before she concentrated on her boxing career.
So, we hope that girls of all ages from under 10 to under 16 join us in training, and we can hopefully make a start on training the next generation of young sportswomen. Once training resumes, it will take place one night a week, with league games on weekend’s right throughout the winter months, finishing early in the New Year. It offers a good alternative to girls who also play other sports during summer time to maintain their fitness over the winter.
Also, as well as players, the club would like to ask others who might be interested in helping out at training to come along and help out. Entering a league will be a huge commitment and we will need dedicated coaches and other volunteers to help the girls to achieve their full potential.
This is a wonderful opportunity to create a healthy sporting and most importantly fun environment for kids, which has already helped the players to make new and hopefully long lasting friendships.
Finally, if any sponsors would like to get involved, they too would be hugely welcomed as we undertake this journey. For details or any queries of how to get involved as a player, helper or sponsor, please contact Liam at 087-6178013 and we will do our best to give you all the information that you need.
As for the first step, come along to training next week at the community school field in Cashel, and let the games begin.