In 2017 Merthyr Town FC realised a long-held dream of creating the club’s first ever women’s team.
After yeas of hard work and planning, UEFA’s 2015 Grassroots Club of the Year hosted their first ever senior female fixture.
Now the ambitious Martyrs are aiming at the summit of Welsh women’s football.
The club’s community development officer, Elliot Evans, said: “We’ve always had the ambition of launching a women’s senior team.
“This year has seen an exciting start to the first ever women’s team at Merthyr Town.
“Numbers have been good, as has progress. It’s another step in the right direction for this club.
“This team will be a real asset to Merthyr town going forward.”
In their first ever competitive game, the Merthyr girls overcame Cardiff Bluebelles in a two-legged play-off to enter South Wales Women and Girls League Division One.
But the club’s long-term aim is to climb the Welsh women’s football structure.
Evans said: “Merthyr Town certainly has enough about it as a club to sustain a Welsh Women’s Premier League team.
“We started with a squad of 21 players, then we set about creating an identity and way we want to play, which is in-keeping with the rest of the club.
“Once we’ve developed that philosophy, the Welsh Premier League is where we want to be.”
Kate Allen had only ever experienced playing football with boys but proudly took her place in the first ever Merthyr Town women’s XI.
She said: “Playing alongside women is a new experience for me but there’s plenty of talent in the squad.
“I’m one of the younger players but everybody’s been friendly and we play really well together as a team.”FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WOMENS' FOOTBALL IN WALES