Echo Sport’s Emily Anderson popped into a coaching and training session for Brighouse Town Ladies last Sunday afternoon and was impressed with what she saw.
Formerly Kirklees Ladies, who formed in 1993, Brighouse first team coach Rob Mitchell, who has been involved in women’s football for several years, took up the challenge of coaching another team in October last year.
“I was manager for Kirklees Ladies and when they heard of all that was happening at Brighouse Town and that the club was going somewhere, they came to the club,” said Mitchell.
“There is myself, Ryan Farrell and James Sutcliffe, who is currently in America, on the coaching staff.
“I took over the team in October last year and they weren’t doing very well and found it hard to sometimes get a team together.
“I had contacts and we were able to bring some players in and we then went on to finish third in the table.
“It is a good standard of football and they are in a good league along with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Ossett Albion.”
Currently training out of season at the Dual Seal Stadium, the ladies team will share the training ground at Calderdale College with the men once the season starts.
There is synergy and cohesion between Brighouse Town and the ladies Brighouse Town team both through training and by using the same physio, Sam Dean.
The team is in the North East Regional Women’s League, South Section, and have lined up four pre-season friendlies with Leeds City Vixens, Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Guiseley.
“We get good support from friends and family but it would be great to have some of the people of Brighouse and surrounding areas to come and watch the ladies play,” added Mitchell.
“Our first pre-season game is with Leeds City Vixens at home this Sunday, July 21. It’s a 2pm kick off and it is free entry.”
The team’s first league match is with Scunthorpe United on August 25.
It’s an open age team and the manager informed that as well as the league, they take part in the League Cup, County Cup and Women’s FA Cup.
The main sponsor, Co-operative will appear on the new kit when it arrives, however they do need more.
“We still need more sponsors and again would appreciate if any local businesses or individuals would like to show an interest, and there also might be a deal we could work out if they are an existing sponsor of Brighouse Town,” said Mitchell.
The ladies team is also working closely with Brighouse Sports Club’s Ladies team and where possible the ladies are training together.
“We have had an unofficial signing-on night but were unable to complete the forms as the league didn’t have them ready, but we are hoping to have that sorted this week,” he said. “However we still need a goalkeeper if any ladies are interested.”
There is still time to sign up for Brighouse Town’s 50th Anniversary 6-a-side Tournament on July 27 - 28 at the Dual Seal Stadium.
It is £25.00 per team and £20.00 for an additional team if you enter two teams in the same age group.
On the Saturday morning it is Under 9’s and in the afternoon Under 10’s and then on the Sunday morning Under 11’s and in the afternoon Under 8’s and Under 12’s.
For information and a booking form please see the clubs website or contact Mark Booth on 07884387289.