Call for new players at Belper Ladies FC

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Belper Ladies Football Club is appealing for more players to join up in a bid to gain promotion after finishing bottom of the league last season.

A new coach have now joined the side and has high hopes of turning the club’s fortunes around after their unlucky run of games.

In the club’s first league game they lost 4-0 to Castle Donington.

Captain Helen Tunnicliffe said: “We set up the team as a committee in essence about four years ago.

“We are now in our fourth season and we played well in the season before last.

“It’s a lot of fun if you are the right type of person and want to win.”

“We are all very good friends as well – but it would be good to get some new players.

“We also want to concentrate on bringing up some players from the under-17s team to the open team.”

Helen, 32, a marketing manager, is also the club chairman and is a great advocate of women’s football.

She said: “There’s the fitness element. It’s something you can do together.

“It’s very sociable – so we often go out together – but never before a match as we are absolute professionals!”

New coach Dave Knight said: “We have 22 players, but it looks like we’re going to lose some of them as they go off to university.

“I took over three weeks ago – it’s been a bit up and down.

“They finished bottom of Division Two last year and they didn’t win a game.”

Dave, originally from Berkshire, was coaching Chasetown FC near Nuneaton before spending eight months out of the game and moving to Derbyshire.

He added: “It’s quite a challenge, but it’s what I enjoy doing.”

He said: “Belper had a poor year. When I went to watch them, I thought they were all over the place. They need some decent coaching.

“I said to the ladies, ‘We have to consolidate this year, but next year I want us promoted.’

“I am sure we will have a good year and next year will be a great year!”

The side are pictured in their new strip, which was paid for with a contribution from club sponsors JC Balls, a plant hire and excavation specialist, based in Ambergate.

The firm have supported Belper Ladies FC for the last three years.

Helen added: “We want to win some matches and finish mid-table at the end of this season rather than at the bottom.”

The team play in the Ladies Division Two of the Derbyshire Girls and Ladies League.

The league was established in 2003 and is the only FA Charter Standard ladies’ league in Derbyshire.

Women’s football has become the nation’s number one female team participation sport and currently has 1.38 million women and girls up and down the country playing the game regularly.

The team trains twice a week from 6.30pm to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Thorntons ground on Derwent Street, Belper.

Contact Dave on 07876668361, Helen on 07944 850508 or alternatively email belpertownladies@hotmail.com