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Female Football at ICA Sports FC

ICA Sports FC will be running 8 GIRLS-ONLY grassroots squads for the 2018/19 season with these teams playing regular fixtures/tournaments in the S-Tech Cambridgeshire Girls League. In addition, we will also be continuing our Girls Development Centre for those too young to play in one of our league teams.

All of our teams at ICA Sports FC work to the same Playing Ethos which provides a welcoming & enjoyable environment for learning and encourages players to develop decision-making skills at an early age to encourage a modern, flowing style of football.

For the 2018/19 Season we will be running:
- Girls Development Centre - Reception & Year 1
- Under-9 Girls (School Year 2 to 4): Wednesday Evening
- Under-10 (School Year 5): Wednesday Evening
- Under-11 (School Year 6): Thursday Evening
- Under-12 (School Year 7): Tuesday Evening
- Under-13 (School Year 8): Tuesday Evening
- Under-14 (School Year 9): Tuesday Evening
- Under-15 (School Year 10): Tuesday Evening
* Based on School Year from Sept 2018

As an Arsenal Ladies FA WSL Sister Club, we will always actively encourage our players to explore the opportunity to play at the highest level they possibly can. And during the season we will refer players to attend sessions for Arsenal Ladies where appropriate.

How did we get here?

In February 2015 ICA Sports ran their first two taster sessions for Under-8 Girls and a grand total of 7 girls turned up to give football a try. In April the sessions started on a regular weekly basis and the numbers grew slowly.

In June 2015 the girls took part in their first tournaments at St Albans & Woburn and this introduced them to competitive football for the first time. The progression from the first game of the first game, to the last game of the second tournament was clear for everybody to see.
Participation numbers gradually picked up and the club prepared to register their first league team, an Under-9 Girls team, this along with the women’s team that was being established in parallel would be ICA Sports first ever female football teams.

As the club started to build a strong relationship with Arsenal Ladies and our ambitions were shared with a select few a phone call was received to add an Under-12 team and then an Under-10 team was soon to follow. Then in September 2015, the club was invited to become Arsenal Ladies trusted partner in Peterborough and they became the envy of the city as they were appointed as an Arsenal Ladies Club Associate.

The Arsenal Ladies Club Associate eventual was then further developed into the FA WSL Sister Club Program, which all FA WSL clubs now offer in some form.

As part of the Arsenal Women FA WSL Sister Club program, girls at ICA Sports FC have had the opportunity to attend several fun days with coaching staff from Arsenal Ladies, they met a host first team players, attend Arsenal Ladies Player Development Sessions and hosted an ICA Arsenal Women’s Day when the girls received coaching sessions delivery by Arsenal Ladies Academy Staff and then got to be Player Escorts/Flag Bearers and after the game had a personal meeting with Jordan Nobbs, Danni Carter, Chloe Kelly, Emma Byrne, Dominique Janssen & Natalia Pablos Sanchon.

All of this pioneering work truly makes us the guardians of girls football in Peterborough, with the city’s largest offering.

If you would like to get involved with Peterborough’s most pro-active girls football club as a player, coach, manager, volunteer or just as a spectator to cheer the girls on then you can contact Steve Purnell on 07964 496259 or get in touch via email.

Where next?

Peterborough's Only Arsenal Ladies FA WSL Sister Club ICA Sports FC is delighted to join the Arsenal Ladies FA WSL Sister Club programme. The programme wi


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