With the qualifiers for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 starting last week, YFS and Trans World Soccer are dedicating this week to highlight the growth of the women and girl's game. Trans World Soccer has seen a huge surge in the number of Tour requests from girls and women's clubs in the last 6 months, and this week we focus on Westdyke Community Club Girls.
The girl's enjoyed a 4 day Experience with Trans World Soccer last season, visiting Manchester, Sunderland and Newcastle at the start of May. First up was an elite training session from the Manchester City Women's squad. Westdyke coach, David Hodgson said: 'I think they're having a great time out there today, they might be wanting us to do some new drills next week!'.
Next up, was a short trip along the road to The Theatre of Dreams to take in Manchester United take on West Bromich Albion, with Megan Taylor stating that 'the noise was deafening!'. Over the course of the trip, the girls also played out challenge matches vs local opposition, first of all against Stockport County Ladies and then narrowly losing out by just a 2 goal margin vs Manchester City Ladies. Anna Blanchard was upbeat despite the defeat, stating that the team 'could have won', with Piper Kerr describing the experience as 'fantastic'.
There was no time to contemplate the result though, as it was straight out on the road again to go and watch Everton Ladies vs Notts County Ladies in the Women's FA Cup semi-final. The trip was rounded off in style with a behind the scenes tour of Newcastle United's stadium, St James Park, with most of the girl's staring in awe at the sheer size of the arena.
As a parting thought, Caitlin Harries described the trip as having made 'a real difference to so many people - it's brought us all closer, on behalf of my team mates, thank you for a rewarding experience.' See below for their highlights video of their experience: