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Youngsport: Gloucestershire girls football league appeals for new players

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

  • join us: Representatives of the Gloucestershire County Girls League Team

  • training: Lily Hearn, Abbeymead Under-10s, and Lucy Jones, Gloucester City Under 10's

  • contest: Highnam (light blue) take on Stonehouse, also right

  • Highnam (light blue) versus Stonehouse. GAME GOING ON DURING PIC OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY GIRLS LEAGUE TEAM (PIC PAUL NICHOLLS) 3 FEBRUARY 2013

  • sisters: (l-r) Kelsey, Tiana and Sienna Harris

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THREE football playing sisters have added their voices to calls for more girls to get involved in football.

The Gloucestershire County Girls League is on the hunt for new players as it aims to expand.

And the three sisters from Highnam have spoken out about why playing football is so good for them.

Tiana Harris, 14, said: "I like football because it's a group sport and everyone has to be a team player to play it. Football also helps you make new friendships.

"When I play football it takes my mind off everything, like exams. And I learn new skills from my coach every training session."

Her sister Kelsey, ten, said: "I like football because it's a good sport for everyone and I love being outside.

"Also it means you can be with your friends all the time, and make new friends.

"I started playing football because it sounded like a challenge to try to play to my best ability."

And youngest sister, Sienna, eight, said: "I like doing new skills and scoring goals.

"It's a great sport and you make new friends."

There was also a call for more girl players from Isabel Jackson, ten, who plays for the Stonehouse girls' football team.

She said: "I love learning new football skills and playing against other football teams and trying the skills out.

"It's really great playing with other girls.

"Two of my friends from school play for Dursley, so it's fun when we play against them."

The women's game is riding high on a wave of success following Team GB's Olympic exploits and England Women's team reaching an all-time high of sixth in FIFA Rankings, and in doing so qualifying unbeaten for the 2013 UEFA European Championship Finals in Sweden.

Every week almost 300 girls are registered to play in the Gloucester County Girls Football League across its current three age bands: Under-Ten, Under-12 and Under-14s.

In the next year the GCGFL, established in 2000, is planning to expand the Under-Eight Development and under-16 age groups.

It is calling on girls, of any age, interested in playing the game to get in touch with their local club.

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