During Girls’ Football Week, which is being celebrated across the country in conjunction with England’s Lionesses’ participation in the Women’s European Championships, Broadneck’s under-16 side took on Crosfields and impressed, with the American visitors emerging 4-1 winners.
However, more important than the result was the bond forged between both sets of players. Players on both teams swapped social media details to keep in touch, shirts and postal addresses, whilst parents and coaches alike enjoyed a bite to eat and socialised.
The match really provided a wonderful example of the arm of footballing friendship being extended across ‘the pond’ with Crosfields now planning to visit the USA in the next couple of years.
Stewart Whittaker, secretary of Crosfields Girls and coach of the club’s under-15s, said: “This match has highlighted why I do what I do. It ensures the fire that burns for ladies’ football still burns bright. My girls have been fortunate enough to win a few trophies and competitions over the last five years I have been coaching. The club overall has won things at FA regional and national level, and I’ve seen a number of players go on to represent Liverpool, Bolton, Preston and Wigan’s ladies’ teams – but nothing comes close to watching a group of girls I have had the pleasure of being known as ‘coach’ to sit with a bunch of relative strangers, separated by thousands of miles of water, come together through one common interest – the beautiful game.”
Alex Torres, visiting coach with Broadneck Soccer Club, sent the following message to Stewart following the game:
“Stewart, the hospitality you and the Crosfields team have offered have been the highlight of our trip. We can’t thank you enough for the cultural exchange you have offered. We look forward to reciprocating it on the other side of the pond. #GetStuckInLadies.”
Anna Farrell, Football Development Officer at Liverpool County FA, added: “Football has a wonderful way of bringing families, friends, communities and nationalities together. I’m so happy that the girls of Crosfields had the opportunity to meet their counterparts from America. The match was played during The FA’s Girls’ Football Week and it highlights the added opportunities that football brings to girls who want to play – meet new friends and have fun.”
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