Search

Chelsea Football Club ladies and England star shows Havering girls they can play

PUBLISHED: 17:39 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:39 21 March 2017

Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies Football Club and England national player, had a kickabout with the She Can Play Mums' team, pictured with their daughters. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies Football Club and England national player, had a kickabout with the She Can Play Mums' team, pictured with their daughters. Picture: Ann-Marie Abbasah.

Archant

She came, she scored, she inspired a new generation of women footballers after sharing her passion for the game that has made her one of England’s most well-known face.

Fran Kirby, Chelsea Ladies and England footballer, joined youngsters and their mums at a weekly She Can Play session at Noak Hill Sports Complex yesterday.

Set up last year by Kat Clifton, 26, of Rettford Road, Harold Hill, She Can Play FC aims to give girls a place to play and develop their skills.

“When I was growing up, there wasn’t this sort of thing,” said Fran.

“There wasn’t anyone to look up to. I just knew the male footballers. I didn’t know any females.

Showing she can play, Fran Kirby, Chelsea and England star will teach girls footy skills in Harold Wood on Monday. Picture: Vaughn Ridley/EMPICS SPORT/PA Images. Showing she can play, Fran Kirby, Chelsea and England star will teach girls footy skills in Harold Wood on Monday. Picture: Vaughn Ridley/EMPICS SPORT/PA Images.

“There was no place for girls to do this [play]. You had to be serious or not do it at all.”

But She Can Play is set to turn that around.

The club is riding high on the success gained last year after beating thousands of entrants to make it to the national final of the FA People’s Cup, despite narrowly missing out on the prize after losing 3-2.

The club features a women’s team, sessions for five to 11-year-olds, girls aged 12-16, and their mums.

“I really like the mum thing,” continued Fran.

“It gives mums an incentive to play and if the girls see mummy playing they then want to be like mummy.

“Mums are then role models. It’s really cool.”

Mary Nemhara, who plays for the mums’ team at the same time her young daughter plays with other children, said: “We looked everywhere for courses for girls and there was nothing.

“It’s wrong. All the male ones you can get just like that but there is nowhere near as much for girls.”

The club also teaches the girls to get to know faces in the FA Women’s Super League.

Kat added: “Instead of being the next David Beckham, they can become the next Fran Kirby.”

Having recovered from her injuries, the star player hopes to be picked for the upcoming Euros.

“Meetings have been quite positive,” she added before rushing off to show youngsters her nifty footwork.

If you fancy becoming a top player like Fran, visit shecanplay.uk.

To help the club win a Football Association community award for best inclusive project for providing opportunities for women and girls click here.

Latest Romford News Stories

52 minutes ago

A Rainham pub which had its licence suspended following police reports of serious disorder will have its appeal against the decision finally decided this morning, Monday, November 20.

Yesterday, 15:00

Just 130 years ago, Hornchurch was a quaint town with gabled houses, says Prof Ged Martin

Moped gangs and knife crime often go hand-in-hand – and are among the gravest fears of residents in Havering.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Did you know that when you can’t see the Moon in the sky, he’s actually down here on earth, suited and booted and fighting crime?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shortage of daylight makes us grumpier

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Havering has thrown its hat into the ring for the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture initiative and residents can play a part.

Friday, November 17, 2017

As families gather around their sofas to watch this year’s Children in Need, a hospice wishes to say thank you to the charity for all of its support over the years.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now