Wokingham & Emmbrook to relaunch women’s team in 2023

The new Wokingham & Emmbrook women's team.
The new Wokingham & Emmbrook women's team.

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Having started training sessions with just a handful of players last October, the re-formed Wokingham & Emmbrook Ladies team played their first game on Sunday 30th April, in a friendly against the recently formed Arborfield Ladies.

The squad has grown considerably since those early sessions, with two new players starting this week, taking the number of players up to 19, with a further two expected to join when they finish university in the summer.

The squad has an age range between 16 and 40, and is made up of one current W&E U17 player, with the rest of the squad split roughly in half between ladies playing football for the first time ever and the other half being players who are returning to the sport after anywhere between 3 and 18 years away from it.

As well as the current U17 player, one other player came through the youth section at the club, with the two due to join from university, also being former club youth players. Thus, showing there is now a way forward for girls currently playing in the youth section, to carry on their football journey within the club.

The side is managed by Stuart Greig, who is now assisted with the coaching by Shai Humphries, who was the first player to come along to the introduction sessions last summer and has gone on to recently complete her first coaching badge.

As for first match, a 15-7 win was achieved by the Sumas ladies, with the goals spread between four players, although all 16 players playing that day contributed greatly. However, the final result was not the main win of the day, that was surely that the club has a ladies team again and with growing numbers.

Next season the team will be joining the Thames Valley Counties Womens Football League, so if you are aged over 16 and would like to be part of this extremely friendly squad, please email Stuart Greig at ladies@wefc.club for further information.

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