Lady Clarets aiming to ride wave of Lionesses

England's Fara Williams (4) celebrates a goal from a penalty kick against Germany during extra time action of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer third-place match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

England's Fara Williams (4) celebrates a goal from a penalty kick against Germany during extra time action of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer third-place match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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Burnley FC Girls and Ladies are hoping to take advantage of the legacy of England’s performances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The Lionesses made the country proud as they became the first senior England side to reach a World Cup semi-final in 25 years, going on to claim third place by beating Germany on Saturday.

And the Lady Clarets are looking for anyone who wants to take up the sport, or get back into it.

One of the largest female clubs in the UK, they are Burnley FC’s official girls and ladies team – an affiliation which provides opportunities to showcase their skills at Turf Moor, with regular appearances during half-time at Burnley games.

They also have a dedicated page in the Clarets Matchday programme to publicise their achievements, and promote the ladies’ game.

This year is Burnley FC Girls and Ladies’ 20th Anniversary year, having started with just 15 ladies in the old barn behind Turf Moor, with home games at Gawthorpe in the Lancashire League.

The club now have over 180 girls and ladies registered to play, catering for all ages from five years and upwards.

There are nine youth teams from Under 9s to Under 16s, and two open age teams.

Burnley pride themselves on the fact they are open to everyone irrespective of ability or experience, so whether you’re a beginner, or have experience, there are opportunities for you. For more details, go to pitchero.com/clubs/burnleyfcladies/