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FOOTBALL: Rebuilding aim for Weymouth Ladies
5:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
WEYMOUTH Ladies return to South West League Premier Division action on Sunday when they entertain Bristol-based club Stoke Lane Athletic.
The match, which kicks off at 2pm, will be played at the ladies’ new home venue, Weymouth College.
After losing a lot of their high- profile players from outside the town, this year’s aim is one of rebuilding and the emphasis is on giving younger players, promoted from their youth structure, the opportunity to impress.
Already this season, 16-year-olds Beth Smith, Sharni Butcher, Sasha Tiopley, Ellie Howard, Annie Redding, Becci Vallard and Georgia Taylor have come in and made impressive debuts, which is great both for them and the future development of the club.
This policy will continue, and looking further afield, the club have around 30 youngsters coming through their under-15 teams.
Weymouth are also supported by Cafe Oasis and without their support it would be difficult to compete at South West League level.
Weymouth have also linked up with Dorset League club Queen Bees of Bridport and Beaminster.
The agreement sees Queen Bees’ players training with Wey-mouth and their players being loaned out to the Bees.
Some of the players are soon to attend FA coaching courses and the girls will then be using their new skills to begin running youth teams and organising girls’ only soccer schools to increase participation.
Weymouth are also heavily involved in the new Ladies’ Foot-ball Academy, which has recently been launched in partnership with Weymouth College.
Coach Tim Davis added: “We’re are always looking at ways to raise funds, and we will be approaching a number of key businesswomen in the town to see if they would be interested in forming a committee to oversee the club and form a policy for securing the long-term future, both on and off the pitch.”
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