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Forres Girls Football Club invites new players born between 2006 and 2009 to join

By Garry McCartney

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Players enjoying Mather’s ice-cream at the kiosk.
Players enjoying Mather’s ice-cream at the kiosk.

A LOCAL football team with 80 players already registered is looking to recruit more from an older age group.

Forres Girls Football Club (FGFC), founded in December 2018 and currently running at under-7, under-9 and under-11 levels, is starting sessions for youngsters born between 2006 and 2009.

FGFC chairman, Graeme Sutherland, confirmed weekly training sessions for the younger groups have moved from Grant Park to Forres House Community Centre for the winter, which are on Monday and Wednesday evenings until mid-December then resuming again indoors in early January.

He said: “Sessions typically focus on developing technique and skill, with the majority of fun activities based around game-related practices and small sided games.

“Feedback has been positive with notable improvements from all of our players.

“We’re keen to ensure that older girls interested in trying out the sport have the opportunity locally too so we’re offering a free come-and-try block of coaching for girls born in 2006, 2007 2008 and 2009.

“This is open to all abilities from those that might have played before, to those completely new to the game, providing a chance for teenagers to try a new activity in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Training sessions currently take place in the main hall in the centre from 8-9.30pm on Monday nights and anyone interested should contact the club.

FGFC has recruited another seven volunteer coaches, taking the total number up to 19.

Graeme said: “We’re still keen to hear from anyone else who might be interested in helping us in any way.

“We provide full support and training to all new volunteers.”

Girls FC players at a tournament in Bught Park, Inverness.
Girls FC players at a tournament in Bught Park, Inverness.

Up to five FGFC teams have attended every monthly football festival in Bught Park, Inverness over the last three years.

The round robin events featuring teams from Buckie to Brora provide real tests for Forres Girls FC.

Graeme said: “Our girls have performed really well.

“Some games we win, some games we lose but we are totally focused on the effort our players are making as the most important aspect when we are competing against other teams.

“It’s not mandatory for our players to attend these festivals but it’s an important step for the players to realise there are opportunities to compete if they want to.”

Forres Girls FC raised £4000 for the club doing a sponsored run around Grant Park.
Forres Girls FC raised £4000 for the club doing a sponsored run around Grant Park.

A total of 74 players recently completed a sponsored dribble challenge around the Grant Park playing fields after training.

They followed the Cluny Hill tree line towards the play park before stopping at Mather’s Ice Cream at Grant Park kiosk for refreshments before finishing the run back to the pitches.

Club treasurer Ann Ewing said: “Well done everyone - it was a magnificent effort not only on the night, but also to secure sponsors and raise just over £4000 in funds for the club.

“This really was a magnificent effort.

“We are very grateful!”

FGFC is a Scottish FA Quality Mark club affiliated and governed by Scottish Women’s Football, ensuring all insurances, child protection policies and covid protocols in place.

For more information, contact forresgirlsfootballclub@gmail.com or see the Forres Girls Football Club Facebook page.

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