Girls’ football club hoping to expand – but it needs to find new home to play on
PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 April 2017
One of the biggest girls football clubs in the South West is trying to find a permanent base in Weston or Worle so it can continue to expand.
Team Mendip was founded in 2008 and is growing rapidly as it attracts up to three new members every week.
But its teams train and play at a variety of different grounds all over Weston, and the coaches want to find some land to become a permanent base.
The club had been negotiating with a landowner for the past three years, but has now pulled out due to the length of time it was taking.
Head coach Jack Edgar, who used to manage the Bristol women’s team, said: “We have the largest all-female football clubs in the South West but we are spread all over Weston.
“Girls’ football has been rated second for so many years now and if we want to hire an astroturf pitch, we have to compete with so many boys’ teams.
“It would be nice to be in one place, and somewhere we can call home.”
Senior matches currently take place at Worle Recreation Ground, while junior training and games are spread over the town at Grove Park, @Worle and Weston College’s astroturf pitch at Beaufighter Road.
Some of the club’s girls have made so much progress while playing for Team Mendip, they are now part of Bristol City’s centre of excellence.
Jack added: “Having our own ground would mean girls in the under 10s and under 11s could see the standard the older teams play at.
“The younger ones really look up to the senior players.”
Jack and his team have big ambitions to eventually have changing rooms on site, but at the moment they are looking for a field to mark up, and where they could also build somewhere to put the equipment.
Anyone who knows of a piece of land which may be suitable can email Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01934 513760.
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