TWELVE months after launching girls’ football at the grassroots club, Stalybridge Celtic Juniors held their inaugural girls’ tournament on Sunday, June 16.
This time last year, half a dozen girls were playing at Celtic’s Saturday soccer school.
From this an initiative was launched to attract more girls to come and play and today there are two girls’ teams at Under-9s and U11s, more than 20 girls attending training every week and four new volunteers giving their time and expertise to run the teams.
In the club’s first ever ‘Girls’ Super Cup’ tournament the U9s hosted Denton Youth and Corpus ROCs. All the girls played brilliantly and Stalybridge Celtic Juniors, managed by Jeanette Dixon, celebrated their first ever trophy win.
The U11s welcomed Hoops Vixens, Ashton Pumas, Corpus ROCs, Denton Youth and Tameside Girls. In two hard fought groups, Celtic Blues, Celtic Whites, Pumas and Hoops progressed to the semi-finals.
Both Celtic teams were narrowly beaten in the semi-finals. Hoops Vixens won the final against Ashton Pumas.
The inaugural tournament was a big success. All the players, coaches and parents did the girls’ game proud and the quality of football was excellent.