Could YOU be a future World Cup star?

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Calling all girls between 6 – 16 years old…

England Women have made their mark at this year’s Women’s World Cup.

In fact, our women have done rather better than the men have managed for a while (25 years to be exact).

But did you know that Lewes has its own women’s team who compete in the FA Premier League against teams like West Ham, QPR, Spurs and Brighton every week? Lewes Ladies FC (also known as The Rookettes) have long been probably the town’s most successful sports team.Rookettes programme cover

If you’ve been inspired by England Women then we’ve got a great, fun session that you can come along to and see if football is for you. We’re inviting all girls between 6 and 16 years old to come along to our brand new 3G all-weather pitch (The Rookery) and try out football with the help of some of the stars of Lewes Ladies FC.

Bridge View Girls

We’re working with Lewes Bridge View Junior Football Club so that, if you find you DO like football, then they can offer a chance for regular sessions with other girls and even the chance to play for a girls’ team, if you want to.

So what have you got to lose? It’s guaranteed to be fun and you might even take a step towards becoming a World Cup Star of the future!

The session is on 15th July, between 6-7pm at The Rookery 3G, adjacent to Lewes FC, Mountfield Road.

It’s absolutely free.

Sign up by clicking Sign-up if you want to come. Or email Adam@LewesFC.com

PLEASE NOTE: To play on the 3G pitch, you will need to wear the right footwear – look at the chart below. Thanks.

3G boots guide

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Girls grab silverware

Lewes Football Club now have the Sussex County League Cup to add to their collection (trophy number 10 ) after the Ladies Development Centre team (Under18’s) beat Hurstpierpoint 4 – 1 in front of 150 supporters on Sunday.

This season has been a real roller coaster for this squad of young players, this time last year of they were ending their U16 season & looking forward to the intermediate step of u18 for a season before playing senior football & continuing their football development, however with no Sussex U18 division available they have stepped up to Senior football. It has been a fantastic first season  finishing mid-table and reaching the Sussex County League cup final at their first attempt.

Goals from Chloe Evans and Ellie French sealed the deserved win for the young Rookettes. Lewes started the stronger and within the first few minutes where awarded a penalty when Charlotte Russell was brought down in the box after a surging run. Up stepped Chloe Evans who calmly slotted the ball in for the lead. Lewes continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long before they extended the lead with a neat finish from Ellie French who picked the ball up down the left and picked her spot well low into the net. The game was effectively over when again Chloe Evans was able to dribble pass a couple of defenders to slot goal number three. Hurstpierpoint nearly got themselves back into the game but hit the post, this was then followed up by a good save by Lewes GK Katie Burr who stopped what looked like a certain goal. Lewes were put under more pressure in the second half but once again Chloe Evans was allowed far too much space and time and her shot was no match for the Hurstpierpoint GK.  The Lewes rear guard of Beth Jago, Lily Smith, Shannon Perrin and captain Maisie Preston dealt with most that Hurstpierpoint could throw at them but they did get a consolation in the final few minutes. Manager Martin Perkins commented ‘ we played well today and deserved to win, they came up against a very physical side so we made sure our shape was good and we asked them to move the ball quickly, everyone did their jobs today and collectively we were better.  They are a credit to the Club and an inspiration to young female footballers in Sussex’.

MVP: Chloe Evans

Junior Rookettes reach Cup Final

The Ladies Development Centre team (Ladies u18s) playing in their first season of senior football reached the of the Sussex Womens County league cup with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Lancing Ladies on Wednesday night.     

The win was a great achievement for the girls against the League Champions and was some compensation for a 3-1 defeat to same team 2 weeks ago. In the run to the final where they play Hurstpierpoint Ladies they have also beaten the second place team in the league Crawley Wasps so they’ve definitely earned their place.
 
The final is on Sunday 26th April at The Haven Centre Crawley Down, kick off is 2.30pm 

FREE soccer sessions for girls

FA Level 1Lewes FC has received funds from the FA to run a series of football coaching sessions for 13-16 year old girls.
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The sessions will run:
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Lewes (Convent Field), every Thursday 6-8pm from 29th May.
Seaford and Uckfield dates will be confirmed very soon
Sessions are FREE but to book a space you must contact  Adrian@LewesFC.com
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Thanks to the ‘Be Inspired’ grant, the Rooks will be running these courses in Lewes, Seaford and Uckfield aimed particularly at girls between 13 and 16 years old who want to either try football out or build on existing skills. The sessions are completely free. According to the most recent Sport England surveys, participation levels in girls football are falling and the FA are keen to reverse this trend.
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Lewes FC is seen as being in the vanguard of developing the women’s game with a very successful ladies team in the FA Womens Premier League and an all-conquering Girls U16 team. The club intends to use the free sessions to generally increase interest from young girls in playing football but also to identify players who can form new teams at U14 and U16 levels.
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Lewes Ladies are also recruiting for their new U18s and U23s teams and anyone interested should also contact the club.

Lewes Under 16 Champions again!

Lewes Under 16 Girls clinched their 2nd successive league title following a 2-0 win over Portsmouth on Sunday.

After needing 4 points from their remaining 5 games at the beginning of the day, a goal in each half from Chloe Evans and Issie Perilli- Gardner gave Lewes the 3 points and following subsequent news that rivals Crawley had drawn, resulted in the title going to Lewes.

Another fantastic achievement for the girls who have continued to progress and work hard over the course of a long season to see off tough opposition from Sussex, Kent and Hampshire. In particular we’re proud that all 17 members of the squad have played a valuable part in our success and we look forward to maintaining performance levels over the remaining games of the season.

A great review of the squad and their season so far can be found here.

Next game is against Worthing at the Dripping Pan, 10,30am next Sunday (13th).  Why not come down and see the Champions play and give them some of the applause they rightly deserve.

Under 16s Team season round up

After a stop start winter disrupted by waterlogged pitches, the Under 16 girls have been back in regular action during recent weeks with 3 league wins and a narrow cup semi-final defeat to rivals Crawley.

After being out of action for 7 weeks, the girls picked up where they let off with a good 4-1 win over a talented Portsmouth side. This set us up for the following week’s Semi-Final clash away to Crawley; however a goal midway through extra time resulted in a 3-2 win for Crawley with the girls suffering their first defeat since October 2012. Despite pushing Crawley all the way, we lacked some of our normal energy and purposefulness during the match and although had chances to win the game near the end of normal time couldn’t complain at the result.

Attention then focused on the league match with Crawley who had narrowed our lead in the league to 6 points by winning their games in hand whilst we were inactive. The girls responded in exactly the right way to the previous weeks defeat to take an early lead in the first half. Crawley equalised shortly afterwards, however a goal on the stroke of half time followed by a third midway through the 2nd half put the game to bed and gave us a 3-1 win to move 9 points clear at the top with 6 games left.

Last Sunday’s game saw us face South Down at the Convent Field and come away with a 4-0 win to retain our lead and require 4 points from our remaining 5 games to clinch the title.

Coach Mark Currier advised that he was happy with the way the girls had performed in recent weeks despite the disappointing semi-final defeat. “There are a number of plus points from recent weeks. Over this time we’ve had some players missing due to injuries and unavailability and the value of a strong squad has been evident with all 17 girls making a major contribution. We’ve been asking the girls over the season to challenge themselves to improve in all aspects of their game and one of the key messages is for them to understand their roles and responsibilities on the pitch. A number of players have stepped up over recent weeks and we’re making good progress in this area which will help prepare the girls for the demands of next season when the aim is for many of them to take their first steps into adult football.

Although it’s now the start of April, we still have a quarter of the league programme left with some important games ahead. We’re looking for the girls to continue to work hard and progress until the end of the season and hopefully we’ll get some tangible success as a result of this.”

 

 

Seventh Heaven

Lewes girls made it 7 wins from 7 games with a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to a strong Ridgewaye (Tunbridge Wells) team

The girls started slowly with Ridgewaye closing down well and having more possession in the initial stages. However Lewes gradually found their way into the game and went close a number of times; including a Chloe Evans header which clipped the bar. However there were few clear chances and the teams went in at 0-0 at half time.

Lewes were immediately rewarded in the 2nd half, when Evans broke clear and despite a good stop by the goalkeeper; followed up well and finished from a tight angle. Lewes were beginning to see more of the ball at this stage; with full backs Holly Currier and Lily Smith influential in breaking up Ridgewaye attacks and building play up from the back. The girls went close with Evans again hitting the post and a long range Charlotte Russell effort also found the woodwork. Despite monsoon conditions in the final few minutes; the girls closed the game out well to put another 3 points on the board.

Coach Mark Currier felt that the girls just about deserved their win. “Overall we just about had the better of the play. Ridgewaye are a good team and pushed us all the way. We beat them 7-1 earlier in the season which flattered us to be honest and was one of those games where everything goes in. Today was different and we had to dig in and do the basics well to get through.”

Player of the Match – Nadine Martin – Heartbeat of the team on Sunday. Disciplined midfield performance, broke up the opposition play well and good distribution on the ball.