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Girl football players wanted

PUBLISHED: 11:12 25 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:52 25 August 2010

A GIRLS football team manager is calling for new recruits to join after his teams scooped a league and cup double.

A GIRLS football team manager is calling for new recruits to join after his teams scooped a league and cup double.

Mick Northwood, chief executive of Long Lane Football Club, said more girls are needed otherwise they could be forced to cut some teams. Five years ago they had 12 girls' squads but now the figure is down to seven.

The under 16s this season won the Kent Girls and Ladies Division One championship and the Kent Girls League Cup Final.

Rule changes by the Football Association in June 2008 have seen players who go to the Schools of Excellence programme excluded from playing for their local outfits.

Mr Northwood said: "We have a great coaching set up down here and I urge any girls interested in playing football to come down and give it a go."

He said the Schools of Excellence was a good programme but said that many who do not take to the field on a Saturday are losing out on a Sunday game for their local team. For club information visit: www.longlanejfc.co.uk or call 020 8856 1051.

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