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Newport City FC Girls win the League!

Newport City FC Under 16 Girls won the South Wales Women’s and Girls’ League in their first season playing as a team.

Boasting an unbeaten record in the league, the girls should have finished the season with a cup final game followed by an end of season presentation, during which the club would celebrate the efforts of its new team in their first year together.

However, being unable to lift the league winners’ trophy took nothing away from how hard the group of girls worked throughout Newport City Girls’ debut year and their team spirit beamed.

Head coach Claire Young joined Newport City with a fantastic reputation in the girls’ game, resulting in an established group of players following her to a number of clubs in South Wales. 

Claire Young’s faithful bunch helped to lay the foundations for a new female team in Newport and as girls joined with eagerness to represent their city playing the sport they love, Newport City Girls were ready to make heads turn.

As well as their success on the pitch, carrying out a spectacular cup run and achieving many impressive score lines in the league along the way, the girls’ friendships flourished beyond the pitch even during the coronavirus lockdown.

The team participated in social media challenges and running activities to keep their fitness up and bond strong, with Claire Young and her son Luke Young joining in to keep morale high through such a tough time.

And with a start date for the new season yet to be established, the team continues their preparation to ensure they are ready for whenever it may be.

Moving into the Under 19s development league, Claire Young will set her expectations high as the recruitment process begins for next season to expand the club even more.

One person very proud of the progress Newport City has made is club secretary Rob Young. He said: “We would love to have girls rolling through the club to senior football. Newport is a big city and we would love to be the same as a lot of clubs around and have them from mini kickers and upwards.

“If we can keep these girls together with a few more coming in and a few more from the Ladies’ team, they are definitely capable of going into the Welsh Premier League – that’s the big picture.

“We’ve got the men already in there, so we can definitely do it.”

With Newport City Girls’ success paying a massive contribution to the growth of the women’s game in the local area, the sky’s the limit for this team and for every other girl or woman with a passion for football.

“No more could have been asked of those girls all season,” Rob Young added. “When they get on the field, they give everything. We didn’t have a big squad, but they still never gave up.

“Girls want to play football.”

All of the team would like to thank Newport Bus who have been unbelievable in supporting the growth of women’s football at Newport City as their main sponsor. A special mention to Morgan Stevens who is the man behind the support. 

Write up – Caitlin Bennett 

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