AFC Fylde Women’s first-team players Iszy Binks and Rebecca Beresford paid a special visit to AFC Fylde Community Foundation’s Girls Football Development Centre session at Fylde Sports and Education Centre on Tuesday night.
Defender Binks and midfielder Beresford met the children, handed out signed photos and tickets for their upcoming fixture against Derby County Women on Sunday 22nd October in the FA Women’s National League.
They then got involved as the girls took part in a fun training session and spoke about their careers to date as well as giving advice to the budding players.
Taking place each Tuesday between 6pm-7pm for girls aged six to ten years-old, the sessions build and develop the football skills of children, under the guidance of FA and UEFA qualified coaches.
And it was an enjoyable experience for Binks and Beresford as they got to see the impact of the Foundation’s work supporting the next generation of female footballers’ development.
Binks said: “It was great to come down and see the girls and it makes us feel so good when they saw us come onto the pitch and get so excited, so it’s really nice to see the number of girls here, the turnout is great.
“To see a lot of them in Fylde kits is really good, so I’m absolutely made up to watch it all.
“I’ve been through it myself, so it’s so good to see the young girls get involved and that pathway being created so it’s realistic for them to get to the first-team, because that’s what they aspire to do, so it’s good that everyone is supporting it and it’s paying off.
“It’s great that the Foundation can put on these sessions at a really good facility for them, and it helps them train to the best of their ability, so it’s really good.”
Heather Watson, General Manager of AFC Fylde Women, added: “When we found out that the Community Foundation were running these sessions, it was definitely something that the team and I wanted to be part of.
“It was great to see the excitement on the girls faces when our first team players Iszy and Rebecca made a surprise appearance.
"Having the opportunity to play a small part in the amazing work that the community foundation do, has been an honour.
"The turnout on the day was amazing and we hope to keep up the momentum to encourage more girls to play football.
"We can’t wait to attend more sessions and hopefully see some of the girls at our first team matches in the future.”
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For all Development Centre enquiries, please contact Football Development Officer Connor Williams on Connor.Williams@afcfylde.co.uk!