“I've joined the School Football Team”, said Milly Rose one day after Primary School. “Really!, What position?” “Right Wing or Striker”, came her reply. I never even knew she liked football. She had probably tagged along to a game or two with me, but it was something I had never expected of my shy & diminutive daughter.As I enjoy football, I was happy about this, but had never taken any notice of Girls/Ladies football. The school team was a great introduction to football for Milly, they were decent, won the league and cups. Watching my daughter scoring goals was unexpected.
“I would like to join a proper team”, was the next question posed to me,
Prior to the season starting Milly went to Mansfield Town Football Club which ran a Wildcats Football programme for girls aged 6 to 11. This was great. Summers evenings at One Call Stadium watching my daughter enjoying her football.
A few sessions in, the coach approached me and said that Milly Rose should join a Football Team. “Cool. Ask her not me”, I responded. Yet again, it's not down to me. He asked Milly along with me if she would like to join a club, maybe a feeder club. Milly was up for this.
If you have not seen the facilities at the RH Academy, which is the Mansfield training facility, it is stunning. The First season Milly played for Mansfield Town, was cut short due to the Covid situation, much to Millys disappointment, but she came away with most improved Player Award at the end of the season.
Will Milly continue with her football? Only she knows. It's her choice and we can only be there for her as parents and match day chauffer.
Well done Milly, we are in the exact same position with our daughter, always dragged along to her brothers games and this year joined her 1st 2 teams (boys u7s) all her choice, we in all honesty never realised how good ladies football is and never expected her to enjoy it as much as she is. Good luck Milly and well done mansfield for offering girls the opportunity 👏
And what a cracking player you have turned out to be! Keep doing what your doing Milly, you have the support around you and the desire to go far! Its a pleasure watching you develop starting from wildcats to who you are now, no stopping you! Love from Me and the rest of the Mansfield Town Ladies FC 💙💛💙💛