A SECOND ladies football team will take to the field at Solihull College & University Centre – for the first time in the college’s history.
The college currently has a ladies football academy, which is linked with Birmingham City Ladies Football Club, where players compete on a regular basis at an elite level.
Following academy success, including multiple cup and league wins, the amount of students attending trials has increased and now both sides get two training sessions each week along with regular competitive fixtures against other colleges.
Philip Trilloe, Head of School for Sport and Public Services at Solihull College & University Centre, said: “The introduction of a second team at the college is really positive for ladies football and is a brilliant achievement for the College.
“We plan to grow the teams as next year more students will enrol and will be looking to play regular football.
“We have students travel from surrounding areas such as Gloucester and Leicester and stay with local host families so they can attend Solihull College and take advantage of the fantastic facilities we have.
“We are all very proud of our football teams and their achievements and we will look to continue to develop both the academy and the development teams.”
The ladies academy and development teams both kick started their seasons positively – the academy team defeated Neath College 16-0 whilst the development team drew 2-2 against Hartpury College.
With all players studying full-time at the college, Natalie Wilcox – coach of the development team – said: “The development team at Solihull College reflects the growth of women’s football in the area following on from the World Cup in the summer.
“It is pleasing to have made history, this month was the first time Solihull College has fielded two women’s football teams.
“A lengthy process that included trials and an induction day mean that we now have a strong and positive group of players – I am hopeful that we can have a successful first season together.”
For more information on the courses available at Solihull College & University Centre attend the next open day on Saturday November 28 or visit www.solihull.ac.uk