YOUTH FOOTBALL: Grantham team are keen to fan the Flames of female football

Grantham Flames U11 girls are from left, back - coach Leigh Ecuyer, Keira Freeman, Katie Townsend, Ella Townsend and Sydney Spilsbury; front - Indi-Ella Ecuyer, Hannah Latter and Ruby Smith.

Grantham Flames U11 girls are from left, back - coach Leigh Ecuyer, Keira Freeman, Katie Townsend, Ella Townsend and Sydney Spilsbury; front - Indi-Ella Ecuyer, Hannah Latter and Ruby Smith.

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A town-based youth football club is keen to expand its girls’ football programme.

Grantham Flames currently has one girls’ team, in the under-11 age group, and a full complement of boys’ teams ranging from age seven to 17.

The girls played their first ever match at home against Bingham at the weekend – and won 5-3 against a much more experienced side.

Flames chairman Lee Gurney is keen for the club to “go the England way” and pay more attention to the female game.

With relatively little going on in the Grantham area for female football, Lee’s aim is to expand the Flames girls’ teams throughout the age ranges and is on the lookout for more players, experienced or otherwise; similarly, he would like to recruit coaches to help out with training with the various potential teams.

Lee said that the Flames’ ethos was “not all about winning, but in the participation, fun and fitness.”

The club has use of facilities at West Grantham Academy, the old Earl of Dysart Primary School, and West Grantham Academy St John’s. Lee has also this week secured the use of facilities at Priory Ruskin Academy as the club looks towards its expansion.

If you are interested in joining Grantham Flames as a player – girls or boys – or helping out as a coach, previous experience unnecessary, contact Lee on 07920 022682.