FEMALE footballers from Forres are being invited to join a new team with big dreams.
Nairn Ladies Football Club (NLFC), for women aged 14 and over, started last August and has already played a number of friendlies in preparation for entry into the Scottish Women’s Football League.
Active Schools coordinator, lifeguard and NLFC founder, Deanna Lundie (23) from Auldearn, used to train with Elgin Ladies FC but saw an opportunity closer to home.
She said: “Before, women wanting to play football here had to travel at least 20 miles to join a club.
“Also, their wasn’t much women’s sport on offer generally in the Nairn area, so I started our team.
“The response has been great – 10 turned up on the first night but we have 20 who train regularly now.”
Nairn County and St Ninians football clubs provide NLFC with strips, jackets, training and playing facilities.
NLFC are coached by Iain Firth and Lewis McLaughlin. Firth formally coached Ross County Ladies FC and McLaughlin was involved in coaching at Nairn Academy. Both are looking to progress up the Scottish Football Association coaching ladder while working with the club.
NLFC drew 3-3 with Buckie Thistle Ladies at Buckie in their first match last year. They also took part in a Highlands and Islands football festival in Dingwall, returning to Nairn with wins, losses and draws but more importantly, experience.
Nairn Ladies next friendly is against their toughest opposition yet, Scottish Women’s Football League Division 2 North side, Ross County Ladies FC at Nairn Farmer Showfield.
“We’re a bit nervous as it’s our first home game,” said Lundie. “Also, they’re more experienced than we are and they very good!
“We are also affiliated to SWF but we won’t join the league until next year when we are more settled.”
NLFC train every Thursday from 7-8.30pm at the back of the showfield next to the car park.
No experience required. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or message the Nairn Ladies Football Facebook page.