Girls just want to have fun

On the ball. Photos by Michael Fysh
On the ball. Photos by Michael Fysh

Spalding United’s Girls & Goals festival was a huge success.

The free event was switched to Monks House Lane playing fields and proved popular – despite the wet weather on Wednesday.

Under the supervision of club coaches and assisted by the Spalding under-18 girls squad, players from under-7 to 12 age groups tried out drills, skills and small-sided games to experience what it’s like to be part of a team.

Spalding girls football development officer Julian Wheeler said: “Some of the girls are already asking when they can come back!

“They were so enthusiastic and a few of them carried out playing in the rain during the lunch break.

“It was very enjoyable and the feedback from parents has been good.

LEADING THE WAY: From left, Chris Maplethorpe, Holly Barrett, Julian Wheeler, Michelle Marshall and Gavin Baxter.

LEADING THE WAY: From left, Chris Maplethorpe, Holly Barrett, Julian Wheeler, Michelle Marshall and Gavin Baxter.

“The standard of football was good and all the girls listened to the coaches.

“We’ve been planning this for months and now it’s all in place.

“We will have girls teams next season and our soccer schools have been brought forward to be held every Saturday at Glen Park in Surfleet.”

Lincolnshire FA football development community coach Michelle Marshall added: “It was a great turnout considering the weather.

Girls & Goals festival in Spalding on Wednesday

Girls & Goals festival in Spalding on Wednesday

“The club got a successful outcome with those sessions coming up and the demand speaks volumes for how well it went.”

Training for over-16s with Spalding starts next Wednesday (6.30pm to 8pm) at Monks House Lane playing fields.

For more information, follow Twitter account @girlsfootyspald or email girlsfootball@spaldingunited.net

Spaldings senior players joined in with the coaching for younger girls.

Spaldings senior players joined in with the coaching for younger girls.