The Welsh winter hasn't dampened the spirits one bit
It started as a dream but the girls football section started from scratch by a tiny village club is now a thriving reality.
The small band of coaches at Baglan Boys and Girls Club who set up a series of girls only summer camps in the hope of creating the club’s first ever female section amid the post Euro 2016 euphoria have been inundated with requests to join their growing club.
The mid-summer optimism has showed no signs of slowing for the enthusiastic girls who continue to defy the wet and wind of a Welsh winter to play the game they’ve fallen in love with in 2016.
Having kicked off the season with brand new U7, U9, U11 and U14 teams, the Port Talbot based club has since started an U12/U13 squad and established a second team at the U11 age group.
Club secretary Ryan Thomas said: “There are new girls turning up every week.
“In the new year we need to get more help from parents because so many new teams have been created and we’re struggling to keep up with demand.”
The club’s U14 team made a great start to their inaugural season and only missed out on getting into SWWGL U14's Division One by a point, having only been beaten by the top two sides AFC Porth, and Barry LFC.
The U11 squad has been so popular, the club have decided to make two teams out of the players in that age group and three of them have been selected to play for the League representative side.
At U7 and U9 level, the teams have only been established for three months but they have now played their first games and have enjoyed a few wins, while weekly turn-up-and-play sessions of the U12 and U13 age groups are proving very popular.
The club have now linked up with the Swansea City Community Trust as part of their Premier League Kicks programme and are hoping to develop further in 2017.
Mr Thomas said: “The comments from the other teams coaches, parents and officials have been pleasing to hear, especially when they were told we had only been established for a few months.
“Overall the girls play with smiles on their faces, and are thoroughly enjoying playing at the moment.”