With the creation of the Franklin United Football Academy this year, a good number of girls trialled, and 14th Grade team was established. Currently sitting in third place on table of the Championship 14 Grade Division 1, the team is doing well for their first season together under the Franklin United club.
The team aged from 12-15 years old with a range of experience, some beginning football as juniors and others only recently joining. But the common thread is a willingness to train and improve, with FUYA Director of Football Ben Fletcher commenting on how receptive the girls are to instruction and quick to implement what they learn. It’s been pleasing to see the team developing this season. They are playing out from the back and passing with more accuracy across the field, driving up until they are in the right positions to have some cracking shots on goal. As the players gel, they are finding their own combinations that work, as reflected in their improved play and game results.
With no grading round in this league, the team was launched straight into Championship games and at the halfway point have notched up a solid 4 wins, 2 draws and only 2 losses. We are confident that their ongoing development will play into stronger results in the upcoming rematches. Whatever their final standing, it has been exciting to watch this brand new team throughout the season and their band of supporters are eager to see just how far they can go, both in this competition and in the future in women’s football.
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