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These Gals Can

Summer 2015 hosted the 7th FIFA Women’s world cup. With a record breaking 24 teams competing, the U.S lifting the trophy following a spectacular final win against Japan and Canada scoring 112 goals, it was a momentous event for Women’s football. Our English lionesses made us proud coming in 3rd place and so our Reading University Women’s Football Team has seen a rise in numbers, ability and opportunity which we are hoping will make this year our best yet.

5th-11th October 2015 was Women’s football week and following the fresher’s week taster sessions the two university teams, both returners and freshers, have undertaken a variety of activities. The week started with a social on Saturday where a group of the girls had a hilarious foot-golf session which, unsurprisingly, ended up in the union and so Sunday was a casual kick-about followed by a proper training session on Tuesday. On the Wednesday two teams went road tripping to Royal Holloway to compete in a 7-a-side tournament for Cancer Research UK and despite the rain had a fab day out completed with a team take-away. Both teams did us proud with one coming in third and the other smashing it and winning us the tournament. Thursday was another busy day as one of our coaches, Georgia Graham from Reading FC community trust, took several of the girls to a local school to assist in a coaching session which was highly rewarding for both our team members and the school pupils. This was followed by another social as they really improve our teamwork and then a couple days rest ready for another Sunday training session. The whole week has been a great success and so we are making these activities a regular commitment.

Our training session for both teams is every Tuesday 6-8pm rain or shine on the Astro and Sunday will eventually swap from training/fitness to Soccercise, a ball based fitness activity. We have two coaches Jack Pottinger and, as previously mentioned, Georgia Graham who ensure we keep improving, learn new skills but all the while having fun so we play to the best of our ability in matches. Matches are played either home or away on a Wednesday afternoon and anyone is welcome to come along to a training session throughout the year.

Social activities are a big part of RUWFC as alongside the football we all need a little fun. In a few weeks we are heading to the TV Studio of the Football League Tonight to watch live. Other events such as the foot-golf session, a casual park bar visit, fancy-dress to the union or a more gentle come dine with me evening will occur throughout the year. The RUWFC committee have got a lot planned as well as the larger scale events such as going on tour and varsity.

About Sally Griffiths

S.K.M.Griffiths@student.reading.ac.uk'

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