Manea United Sirens FC's future is bright says coach with sponsor Thorlabs of Ely
Manea Sirens FC, who started in June, have gained grants in order to buy much-needed equipment – and a sponsor.
Founder Simon Millward, a level one qualified coach, said he was uncertain of how many women he would get: “After finding out what sort of interest there was for a small village for ladies football, we were quite surprised by the numbers,” he said.
“We think this was due to the success of the ladies’ world cup.
“The first session started with eight ladies coming to train.
“This was a great number of ladies for such a small village. It has since grown week-by-week and, as word got round, we had ladies coming from other football clubs, ex-players and ladies from other towns or villages.
“Ages range from 17-50 and each player puts in 100 per cent each week and all show great determination to get better. With 24 ladies signed up to train, and with that 18 regulars, things were looking great.”
Simon felt it was a great idea to apply for some funding from the parish council, to be able to buy some equipment for the ladies, as they had been using the under-10 youth team’s footballs.
He was successful in gaining a grant to be able to buy many things he needed to help the ladies train and progress and for this he would like to thank the parish council of Manea.
Not only have ladies come to train, but they have also had a few friendly matches – two against their spouses and two against Park Ladies from Wimblington.
Simon has seen great progress from them in such a short period of time and is excited to see the club grow even further and possibly affiliate into a league in the near future.
With this in mind, he has managed to source a sponsor to sponsor a kit for the team, so they are able to wear the kit at any other friendly matches they might have and when they affiliate into a league. They are grateful for the generous sponsorship.
Simon thanked Thorlabs of Ely who were represented at the kit presentation (above) by Joanne Pollard and Buki Dada.
Training sessions are catering for all ages (from 16 up) and abilities and, although players are encouraged to put in their all, Simon does not push any player to do something they cannot do.
Simon is insured and first aid trained, and does this voluntarily in his own time around his busy working/family life.
He added: “It’s all about fitness, fun and football, everyone who comes away from each session agrees they have had a great time and many count down the days until the next one!”
The Manea Sirens recently had a training session from Peterborough United Ladies first team coach Kathryn Lusk.
This was organised by Simon and was a great success with 18 ladies turning up to show off their new kits and to participate in a very good hour of training.
If you would be interested in training sessions or any enquiries please contact Simon on 07944611086 or email email@example.com
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