Football Focus Issue 65 - Page 18

Barry Town United Ladies FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG Barry Town United Ladies FOOTBALL CLUB B arry Town United Ladies FC is club that plays a vital role in their community by providing people with an opportunity to get involved in the game. Their progress in recent times has been very impressive and we recently caught up with Club Chairman Luke Williams to find out more. Involvement He told us, “Initially, I helped to form the Vale Ladies and Girls Football Club back in 2012 and this summer we decided to merge with local Welsh League club Barry Town United to help us become more sustainable and provide first class facilities for our members. The club started out four years ago offering free taster sessions in local schools for girls, as well as creating and managing a local schools league at both primary and secondary age groups. In just a four year period the club has become the 18 Issue 65 largest female setup in Wales with around 200 active players from ages 7 to senior ladies. We wanted to offer something different and really drive the female game in the local area and the merge with Barry Town will now help us take the club to the next level as our players develop and move through our pathway.” The Role “Being an active coach as well as a chair sometimes causes issues as often I have to make decisions for the greater good of the club when that can potentially impact on my own team. Also dealing with expectations can be a challenge with both parents and players as on occasions this can be unrealistic. We like to think we offer an excellent learning environment for our players and we are dedicated to developing the girls to become the best they can possibly be both on the pitch and socially. The most rewarding aspects of my role is seeing the club develop to a higher level within the football pyramid. In addition, players going on to represent the regional and national teams is a fantastic advert for the work we do as a club. In the last year, 14 players have gone onto regional and national honours at junior level which is fantastic for our future.” Present “Given the recent merge to Barry Town, there is real energy and excitement around the club at the moment,