The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

League calls on clubs to sign the girls up

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    Published: 6 October, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    THE Camden and Islington Youth Football League have revealed the kick-off date for their new girls’ division – and there’s still plenty of time for local clubs to sign up and join the action. 

    The five-a-side matches will get under way on October 21 at 6pm at the artificial pitches at Market Road in Islington, and then continue every Friday between 5pm and 7pm. 

    The new addition to the league comes following a series of successful free sessions for girls aged six to 16 that were held over the summer. 

    They proved such a big hit that they attracted the support of Arsenal Invincible Sol Campbell, who turned up to watch the girls train. 

    The former England defender described the sessions “as vital and important for character building”, and said that it was great to see so many young girls playing football. 

    Reflecting on the big kick off, league secretary Karen Greene said: “We have been really happy with the positive response we got from the girls sessions over the summer, and are very excited about the launch of the new league.” 

    Sarah Cleary, girls head coach with Fusion FC, added: “It is very important for the girls in Camden and Islington to be given the same opportunities as the boys.” 

    And league committee member Jo Sargent urged clubs that have girls team to sign up and join the fun. 

    “We are still welcoming interest from any clubs who would be interested in entering a girls’ team into our new league,” she said. 

    “We can’t take individuals, but we will certainly help to find a club for those who currently do not have one.” 

    Any clubs interested in entering a girls’ team into the league should email jothesargent@gmail.com for further details. 

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