IT WILL be a momentous occasion tomorrow when the Bromsgrove Sporting Ladies play their first match at the Victoria Ground.
There was a great response when the plans for the women’s team were announced and they now have 21 players in their ranks.
The team, managed by Alan Horton, started its main preparations at the start of the year but they were hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The players, made up of a couple under 20 and some in their late 20s, have kept themselves fit during lockdown by going for runs while those who are parents have been playing football with their children.
They returned to training eight weeks ago and had their first friendly – away from home – last week.
Bromsgrove Sporting Ladies secretary Clare Seager said: “Alan has been giving them some good talks and it was great to see them play together as an 11 for the first time last week as we’d only seen them playing against each other in training.
“They have trained in some pretty appalling weather during the past few weeks which has shown their dedication to the team.”
Tomorrow at 2pm they take on established local team Meadow Park Ladies.
And it will be part of a ‘Sporting Super Sunday’ with a newly-formed Bromsgrove Sporting Veterans (over 35s) kicking off their first game at the Victoria Ground at 10.30am.
Spectators are allowed – provided they socially distance – and, under the Covid-19 regulations, the ground can hold a maximum of 300.
Clare added: “They’re really excited and some are a little nervous about their first match at the Victoria Ground but it should be a fantastic occasion.”
How it all began….
Back in March – at the start of the journey – we ran a special feature on Bromsgrove Sporting Ladies. Click here to read it.