Lionesses Inspire Football in Swale as Season Kicks Off

England Lionesses grabbed the attention of a nation by reaching the Women’s World Cup semi-finals, setting a record for women’s football viewing figures in the UK, with 11.7m of us gripped.

This achievement has inspired girls everywhere, particularly here in Swale, to get involved, with Sittingbourne Lionesses seeing a growth in those coming along to training sessions. This increase in participation will see the team grow from 9-a-side to 11-a-side for the start of the new season, with the club supporting and encouraging those new to the sport or those that want to get involved again.

Swale Borough Council has supported this upsurge of young girls interested in ‘the beautiful game’, by providing a grant to cover the cost of more kit for the growing team. Sittingbourne Lionesses has been running for over 20 years, with a development squad starting at 5yr, training every Saturday morning here in Sittingbourne. Want to know more about how to get involved? Contact Nickola Gore, 07572933403.

The new football season is upon us for professional and amateur clubs all over the country including the numerous teams for all ages throughout Swale. Community clubs are the bedrock of all this activity and organised by teams of volunteers to provide residents with opportunities to be active through football.

If you're a resident or visiting the area and want to watch some semi-professional clubs on match day we have three in Swale -

Even before the new season had started the local clubs have been planning their activities, getting the players ready and supporting the coaches to ensure all is in place to host matches, travel across the borough or even throughout Kent to fulfil their fixtures; depending on the league they are playing in.

Funding can be hard for community groups to get everything in place but there are several opportunities to bring in some support and Swale Borough Council provide a Sports & Physical Activity grant that aims to help clubs to get residents active and healthy. The grant can not be used to pay fees, kit for existing teams or bridge gaps in current funding but if like local teams Woodcombe and Sheppey Angels Ladies your organisaton is developing new teams or activities in Swale then the grant could be of help.

More information on the Swale Borough Council Sport & Physical Activity Grant is on their website but the fund is only £20,000 and when its gone its gone. There are other funding streams available and the Kent Sport team have a Funding Page with other schemes listed.

The Kent County Football Association provides support for clubs in the County including all the Swale teams playing in the organised leagues and competitions. If you want more information on clubs in Swale or to see which clubs are looking for players check out the links below -

With the new season underway why not promote your organisations opportunities for all ages to the residents of Swale and Kent using the Kent Sport -

Activity Finder

Check out other ways to be 'Healthy and Active' in Swale.