Lady Clarets look ahead to a milestone year

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2015 is a milestone year for Burnley FC Girls and Ladies, as the club celebrates its 20th anniversary.

From humble beginnings, the club has grown to become one of the three largest girls-only football clubs in the UK, with more than 175 players registered, from age six through to the Open Age players.

The club intends to push forward in 2015.

Chairman Tim Milne-Redhead, explained: “We have a five-year development plan in place and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who wishes to become involved as a player, coach, committee member or sponsor.

“New players can join us at any point in the season and anyone interested can try a few training sessions without having to make any commitment.

“As player numbers increase, we are also looking to add to our team of coaches and managers.

“No experience is needed and support will be provided in obtaining relevant FA coaching qualifications.”

Tim added: “Without our Management Committee, the club could not continue to exist.

“As is often the case, too much work is currently being done by too few people.

“If anyone feels that they could help us with administration, finances, fundraising, publicity or event organisation we would be very grateful.

“It doesn’t matter if they have an existing connection with the club or not.

“We are also looking for kit sponsors for the 2015/16 season and will have a range of sponsorship packages available; if you would like to see your name on the Claret and Blue shirts, please get in touch.”

If you would like to know more about the opportunities, please contact Tim Milne-Redhead on 07557 885483.

The club’s website is www.pitchero.com/clubs/burnleyfcladies

Meanwhile, postponements resulting from frozen pitches meant that only one of the teams was in action this weekend.

The Under 13s’ match away at Blackpool Girls went ahead on Sunday morning, despite the Clarets’ management team voicing their concerns about both travelling and playing conditions.

The snow, ice and fog meant that several members of the Burnley team living in remote areas were unable to travel, and Burnley were able to field only nine players.

The girls put in a spirited performance on a poor pitch and held their hosts until half-time.

Blackpool raised their game in the second-half as the Clarets began to tire, and the game ended with Burnley on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline.

There was an impressive debut from Hannah Sheldon.