A chat with Women’s Football


Edited by Holly Barr

Interviewees; 1st Team Player Meg Lawson. Emily Cassidy, 2nd Team Captain and some of her players, Lauren Lawson, Georgia Southby and Sinead Ord. 3rd Team Player Toni Butcher & Club Coach Emma Coates.  

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Women’s Football gave us an insight into their team and their success so far this year…

  1. Tell us a bit about your Team.

Self-declared that they’re team is amazing, other than that they can’t win anything. Women’s football is made up of three teams

  1. How did you get into the sport?

One member got into the sport through their old coach back at home. Another was through a friend’s family member, with a little name drop that he used to play for Arsenal, he was setting up a club at the time. One member actually did Dance beforehand and decided that because all her brothers played Football, she wanted to do what they did.

In terms of the university sport, they found the sport at fresher fair and knowing previous players, they had a good understanding of the team already. Following on from Freshers Fair they then went to trials.

  1. How do you think being part of a sports team has changed your university experience?

A lot of the players have said that being in the team has helped them from dropping out of uni in first year, some of them have then since moved in together.

Being part of a sports team has also increased their social life and made it a lot better.

  1. How would you advise someone interested in trying the sport for the first time?

Get down to Fresher’s Fair in September to sign up, talk to students who have been doing it for a couple of years already, to get their view of the sport and club. Head over to trials see if you enjoy it and come to socials.

  1. What has been the best accomplishment for your team so far this year?

Success at this year’s varsity and 1st team getting into the semi-finals of the BUCS Championships.

  1. How do you deal with multiple members at training?

The 3 teams are managed by external coaches and captains that organise the squads. In terms of individual members they see their specific needs and take it from there.

  1. If a key player is not attending training sessions, how do you deal with this?

This depends on the circumstances of why this has happened, and finding out from the player more about what has happened so they can deal with it properly and together.

  1. If you had to choose, what is your biggest weakness or your teams’ biggest weakness?

Emotional control and aggression

  1. What do you believe is key in creating a winning team?

Team cohesion and team spirit

  1. If you had to sum up your team in 3 words what would you decide?

Passionate, Hardworking and Effective

 

Current Team Profile:

1st Team: Premier North 4th place

2nd Team: Northern 1A 2nd place

3rd Team: Northern 2B 6th place

If you are interested in Women’s Football contact Emma Coatese.coates@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Leeds Beckett also offer a intramural programme that is run through Power League, and features 5-a-side and 7-a-side leagues. Simply get your friends together and sign up as a team to register with the league! For more information, please contact Powerleague Leeds on 0113 306 0810, or email: leedsnorth@powerleague.co.uk  

 

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