FOOTBALL: Town ask - where have all the girls gone?

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22

Horncastle Town are going back to school and stepping up their efforts to encourage girls to play football.

The club introduced training sessions for girls aged between nine and 16 last year.

Initially, the uptake was very encouraging and averaging around 30 girls per session. Unfortunately, the numbers have since declined.

However, the club is determined to attract more players and says establishing girls football is a main priority regarding development.

Club spokesman Keith Jones said: “We are devoted to being able to provide our immediate and surrounding communities with the best possible opportunities, especially in the wake of the outstanding support we’ve had regarding the new clubhouse.

“With this firmly in place, providing girls football is our number one priority development.

“However, we seem to be struggling in being able to attract newcomers and even those that originally attended at the outset.

“We are unsure regarding the reasons for this and would like to understand why, if possible.

“This is why we are now undertaking a more direct approach and contacting the local schools in the hope that we rectify any past mistakes and re-ignite the ability to provide girls with the opportunity of playing football.”

The club is encouraging local schools to display posters, promoting girls training sessions which are held every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7pm.

Mr Jones added: “We have been able to secure a number of free training sessions in association with JB Sports Coaching.

“We have close links with JB and hope that the girls will recognise the excellent service they provide and hope that their involvement can also generate further interest.”

The sessions with JB will be free of charge and further details are available from 07876227624/07920163434