AMBITIOUS Notts County Ladies Football Club, who were formerly known as Linby Colliery Welfare Ladies, are to take on academy status next season in a bid to unearth local talent.
This was reported by club chairman Andrew Eastwood at the club’s first presentation evening under their new name after becoming part of the Magpies family.
Speaking at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street in Hucknall, Eastwood said the club had the full backing of Notts for the initiative.
He added: “We have a development plan in place to move the club on to a bigger and better platform, which will give any girl the opportunity to play at the highest level.”
Notts County legend Les Bradd, the club’s all-time top goalscorer, was a special guest at the presentation event.
Eastwood reflected on the club’s senior team winning promotion and having good runs in both the Notts FA Women’s Shield and the league cup.
The under-16s finished third and were also cup semi-finalists in the league cup, while the under-12s — playing 11-a-side football for the first time — finished a creditable fourth.
The under-10s and under-nines play development football and are showing real promise for the season ahead.
Eastwood said the club had also been pro-active off the field and had presented a cheque to Nottingham City Hospital melanoma charity after holding a fun day in memory of their coach, the late John Betteridge, of Hucknall.
He mentioned that the under-10s and under-12s had played at half-time of Magpies home matches. The club also took part in a community day to celebrate the Magpies’ 150th anniversary.
Every girl in the club received an award. The roll-call of honour was:
Most improved players — Alice Thompson, Ellie Jackson, Sharna Betteridge, Lauren Betteridge, Jasmin Bear. Sportswomen — Chelsea Musgrove, Jessica Thompson, Lucy Wright, Charlotte Maclaren, Lauren Jubb. Coaches’ players of the year — Carlie Brown, Emma Hodges, Elizabeth Harris, Ashleigh Harris, Selina Brierley. Managers’ players of the year — Phoebe Wardle-Collins, Rebecca Shelton, Amy Wainwright, Eleanor Brooks, Melissa Warhurst. Players’ players of the year — Elena Gale, Rebecca Shelton, Erin Gale, Ellie Marriott, Serena Mason.
Club awards went to: Top goalscorer — Courtney Walters, of the senior team, with 32 goals. Goalkeeper award — Hazel Clark, of the senior team. Volunteer award — Geoff Bloomer, parent with the under-16s. Chairman award — Ray Thompson, manager and coach of the under-10s; JB team of the year — under-nines.