Charlotte Tanner updates us on a training session the Exeter exiles, The International team and volunteering to coach football via Brentford FC Community Trust in this latest blog.
Training on Thursday saw only eight players available due to injury, illness and work commitments. Therefore an army of ex Exeter players, now living in London, came down to train with us, to be able to carry out a team based sessions.
The new coach wants to build a bigger team to be able to challenge individuals, work and move forward together. It will be good build the confidence of the players back up and get back to winning ways.
After a quick introduction game, we went into a possession drill and using the wide areas. Passing and moving within your group, finding the right pass. After a little break we went into a game integrating the newbies.
We looked at how going in too fast to a player on the ball sometimes takes you out of the game. So we had ten minutes where we were not allowed to tackle which was hard to do. Showing us that we don’t necessarily have to jump in but just out pressure on them and force a mistake. The practice was finished with a team cool down lead by skipper Vicky James.
Over a month ago I received an email from Roger Crook informing me about England V’s Germany at Wembley, the league would rearrange our game if we wanted to go. We decided as a team that we would not go due to back to back fixtures and the idea of having to play on Easter Sunday.
I woke up at 4am Sunday morning to the rain lashing down on my bedroom window and hoped it would stop. Coming back from injury I was raring to get back on the field. We were due to play Hemel Hempstead away in the league, we beat them 9-2 in the FA cup and things got a bit heated towards the end, so it was sure to be a big game.
The game got cancelled Saturday night due to waterlogged pitch so we indeed could have gone to Wembley. However I must say, it was much better watching the game from the warm comfort of my sofa. If you missed it, England were three-nil down at half time due to a well structured and confident German side. England came out fighting in the second half and held their own but didn’t get their chance to score. The final score was 3-0 to Germany.
The amount of people that went to watch the game is amazing, just shows you that the women’s game is on the up.
Brentford Ladies just need a few more spectators now; we play at Lampton School, Lampton Avenue, Hounslow, TW3 4EP. Our next game is Sunday 30th November against Tottenham Hotspur Development, 1 o’clock kick off. Please come down to support us!
Recently I have been volunteering at Grey Court School in Ham helping Mourad coach football with the girls. This is a part of Brentford FC Community Trusts, FFD, Female Football Development project which aims to engage and retain girls aged between 14-25 to get involved in football.
We get many girls come down each with no matter what the weather is wanting to learn and improve their football skills. I really enjoy going along after work and inspiring the girls to enjoy the game as much as I do and it’s a good little fitness session collecting in the cones at the end!
For more details about our Female Football Development Programme, playing football for Brentford Women’s & Girls FC or organising fun sessionsfor your school/football teams then please contact Jamie Tompkins or Amy Crook at the Trust.
Hope to see you down at Lampton next weekend if not the blog should be out next Monday.
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