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Stevenage FCW in the Community

12 August 2023

Club News

Stevenage FCW in the Community

12 August 2023

First team players from Stevenage FCW were out and about this week as they attended a Stevenage FC Foundation football camp. The daily retreat for children during the school holidays is well attended, but they were in for a surprise as exciting forward Amy Gooderham and the weekend’s hat-trick hero, Hannah Bodily joined them for a training session.

With three different groups – two mixed camps for older and younger children and one girls only – the Boro’ stars began with the girls only camp. Here they fielded questions ranging from their favourite football teams (Manchester United and Northampton Town! – we know!!) to how they began their journey into football and their favourite goal celebrations.

The girls were then split into two teams – while the first teamers took to the dugouts to manage their teams. A tight fixture that included 13 year old Summer, currently at the Girls Development Centre, “I was training with Mel and she inspired me to go to a trial and Mel helped me with that. I got into the development and I really enjoy it! I could go to the ETC (Emerging Talent Centre) next, so I have improved a lot in two years. I really enjoy coming to these camps, especially when the Stevenage Women come in. They are inspiring because I want to get to that level when I am older.”

After the game finished with a traditional ‘next goal wins’ call from former Development team coach Luke Wilkins (scored neatly by Summer – winning the game for Gooderham’s team) the ladies were taken to the younger of the mixed camp. The questions here were also well constructed, asking how they can become perfect footballers too - alongside a passionate inquisitor who was determined to find out if the girls liked tennis as well! (They do!)

The final stop was with the older mixed camp, who were the first in line for photos and more passionate questioning. After establishing that Gooderham can Bend it like Beckham, the ladies returned to the girls’ camp for a final round of photos before leaving.

Melissa Edwards from the Stevenage FC Foundation was delighted the girls had made time to visit. “I think it is crucial that females in the game, get to see other females in the game, so they can see what they can accomplish and what they can become. If you see it, you can be it! It’s also important that the mixed camp see them too, so they know who they are and really get the game out there to these youngsters.”

Meanwhile. The ladies themselves were pleased that they had attended. Gooderham loved the atmosphere in all of the camps, “It’s a great opportunity for the children to take part in football and an opportunity I didn’t get when I was younger. It was nice to get down and let the kids see the women’s team in person and connect with them.”

Bodily had taken part in a few camps herself when she was younger but, “It was never anything as much as this! Most of mine were mixed, whereas here there is an option for mixed or girls only. I think it is really important that everyone has opportunities as much as possible and to build connections with the club and the football team and get girls interested in coming along and joining our team and continuing it for generations to come.”


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