Schoolgirls at a Clowne school will be given the chance to earn a place in one of Chesterfield Ladies FC’s squads.
A partnership between Herigate High, Chesterfield Ladies FC and Chesterfield FC Community Trust will see students offered the opportunity to train with Chesterfield Ladies, with the potential to trial and sign for their age group.
And Chesterfield FC Community will deliver female football sessions all year round and provide a coach to manage the Heritage team in tournaments and friendly matches.
The Heritage High footballers will wear the CFCCT logo on their new kits and will be rebranded as a Chesterfield Ladies FC Satellite Club.
A group of 13 players have signed up to the first 20 training sessions, and Keith Jackson, vice chairman of Chesterfield Ladies FC is excited about the partnership, the first of its kind for his club.
“We’re delighted to get involved with the partnership which provides a fantastic opportunity for girls to start playing football, but also to see a competitive outcome at the end of it, should they want to progress that way,” he said. “This not only provides girls in Chesterfield the opportunity to play more football, it also has the potential for our younger Chesterfield Ladies sides to strengthen, so each party has a positive outcome.”
Louise Hockley, head of PE at Heritage High, said: “We’ve been keen to get this started since Chesterfield FC Community Trust began coaching with us. The girls have been keen to join in but haven’t always continued with football after the sessions ended. This opportunity gives them the chance to play football all year round within school, but for those who want to challenge themselves further, they can go on to Chesterfield Ladies FC.”
Michael Noon, of Chesterfield FC Community Trust, added, “Both Chesterfield Ladies FC and Heritage High School have been proactive and agreeable during discussions and the outcomes are great for all three parties.
“We are delighted to be involved with both and are really looking forward to delivering this project. The purpose and outcome of this will be more girls in Chesterfield playing football, which is what we all wanted to achieve.”