Phoenix FC training in action

Local Bradford team Phoenix FC have announced they are starting up a girl’s under 16s team as part of their selection of sides.

Training for the new team will be at 7pm every Tuesday and is open to people, ‘whether you just want to train and have fun or play in the team’.

Phoenix FC are Hoping to encourage more girls of that age group to get involved in football and provide a welcoming environment to everyone including girls from ethnic minorities, with the aim to create a team to play in a competitive league in September.

Training will be run by FA Qualified coaches with one to one individual improvement sessions.

The U16s team is coached by a female FA qualified coach and the club are also currently recruiting further coaches to help support the teams.

The club are looking for new players and coaches

Players will have the opportunity to progress into the open age women’s team at the age of 16.

The leagues will start in September and the club hopes to have all the teams ready to start playing matches by then.

And Chairman Mani Salim is urging people to get involved.

“At Phoenix FC we want to increase participation in girls and women in football from ethnic minority communities. We already have a open age women’s team which we have successfully been running for over four years now.” He said

“The club are making a big push to have junior girls team playing also.

The Bradford based club are hoping to improve inclusivity and diversity in football

“Currently around 40 girls train completely free every Saturday at Speedball Football Centre. This new team is a product of them free sessions and we have to create a further two teams before the season starts in September, an U9s and U12s.

Our main goal and aim is to create a pathway for all girls playing football from the ages of 5 to open age. The teams and age groups are open to all and are currently running for free.”

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