Gillingham FC helping to inspire the next generation of female footballers

Gillingham Football Club’s Girls Academy will be featured on Channel Five on Thursday evening.

Following an appearance on the station on Wednesday night, the broadcaster travelled down to Beechings Cross to highlight the club’s commitment to Women’s Football across the county.

In conjunction with the Kent Football Association, Gillingham continues to offer young female players a pathway to success in the beautiful game.

Currently Gillingham has a Girls Centre of Excellence, running age groups starting from U9’s through to U17’s in addition to a Girls Academy which is based at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Furthermore, the club runs its own Ladies team which is now managed by Darren Hare and Jack Wheeler and the squad are now preparing for their second season under the Gillingham FC umbrella.

Within the feature, the players and staff are filmed going through their paces during a training session.

In addition interviews were shot with Female Football Development Officer Georgia Bowie, Gillingham Ladies and COE graduate Imogen Alabaster and Natalie Curtis who is the Football Development Officer at the Kent FA.

They spoke about the positive impact that the England lionesses are having on the women’s game and how they hope to inspire a new generation of female footballers.

The nation has fully embraced the successes of Mark Sampson’s England Lionesses having reached the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and Gillingham FC will continue to work hard on and off the pitch to support the women’s game.