Here's how you grow a thriving girls' section from scratch in a summer
Women and Girls
31 January 2018

Here's how you grow a thriving girls' section from scratch in a summer

FAW Trust Video - Baglan B&G Club Girls
FAW Trust Video - Baglan B&G Club Girls

Little more than a year after this village club ambitiously started a girls’ section from scratch, they’re struggling to keep up with demand.

Since starting their project, Baglan Boys and Girls Club now have 200 girls on their books and are expanding again.

Following the success of their initial summer camp in 2016, the club are now kicking off turn-up-and-play sessions to engage girls who aren’t currently in their squads.

They’re also looking to secure additional grants to expand their operation and improve their facilities.

Club secretary Ryan Thomas, who visited schools to enthuse girls from around the Port Talbot and Swansea area in the wake of Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign, said: “We want our girls to be friends for life. That’s the ethos the club runs by.

We are continuing to grow and hoping our story can inspire other clubs to set-up and grow girls’ sections

– Ryan Thomas, Baglan B&G Club
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"We see them mixing together outside of school and that makes us proud.

"The main goal is for everybody to have fun. Yes, we want to be competitive but ultimately if the girls enjoy football they will pick up a range of life skills in the process.

"That’s how we plan to build the club.”

And the plan is working. They now want to engage more girls in the area with the turn-up-and-play sessions, which could create a bigger demand for teams.

Father-of-two Ryan, whose daughter Gwen plays for the club, said: “We are continuing to grow and hoping our story can inspire other clubs to set-up and grow girls’ sections.”

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