Anyone in attendance at the Macclesfield game will have noticed the large number of young ladies sporting the club badge on their teamwear.
They are all members of our Girls Academy which is run under the banner of Brian Dawson’s work at Reds in the Community and they were enjoying a pre Christmas night out at the game.
Our club pathway has been established for a few years now with the Boys Academy from under 12s through to under 16s competing weekly throughout the north west in the Junior Premier League for the last 4 years.
The Girls Academy followed a couple of years later and they now have over a hundred girls ranging from the younger “foundation” age groups right through to under 16 level.
“It was our pleasure to invite the girls down to the game with the added bonus that Ella Toone was in attendance and had agreed in advance to spend a bit of time with them for photos and autographs. We’d like to express our gratitude to Ella (and Joe Bunney) for that, an amazing gesture.” said club Community Director Richard Lewthwaite.
As a club we are immensely proud of our Junior Pathways both Boys and Girls as we look to develop the footballers of the future. On the back of that we have some big news about the Girls Academy coming in the New Year that will be another big step in developing high quality experiences for the female footballers of West Cimbria on a regular basis.
James Telford, Head of the Girls Academy added. I’d just like to thank Richard, Ella and everyone at Workington AFC for the hospitality shown to the girls last night. Since coming in as Head of the Girls Academy, as our parent club, The Reds have shown us nothing but support and given us the backing to be able to provide girls in Cumbria with an unbelievable opportunity that we will be able to share with you all in the New Year.
Also in attendance last night we had our mascots from the Grassroots game in the shape of Workington Juniors under 9s who as well as enjoying the experience were raising funds to travel to Barcelona for a tournament at Easter. We hope you had a productive evening lads!
To complete a hat trick for the Clubs community arm we had Andy’s Man Club visit us. They offer a hugely valuable service across the whole of West Cumbria, well done guys, keep up the great work.
Everyone involved with the club would like to express our thanks to all Players, Coaches and Parents and Volunteers involved in our Community schemes and wish them a Merry Christmas and an exciting and happy New Year.