Bending it like Beckham as Ballyheigue AC launch new girls' team

Launching Ballyheigue Athletic FC’s new girls’ side this week were George and Sam Keane (U-11 BAFC) left, with Margaret Cullinane BAFC coach; Paige and Shannen Drury; and Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre Project Co-ordinator Seamus Falvey. Photo by Ciara O’Donnell
Launching Ballyheigue Athletic FC’s new girls’ side this week were George and Sam Keane (U-11 BAFC) left, with Margaret Cullinane BAFC coach; Paige and Shannen Drury; and Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre Project Co-ordinator Seamus Falvey. Photo by Ciara O’Donnell

Ballyheigue girls are going to be bending it like Beckham before long as the first female soccer side in the coastal village gets up and running by the end of the month.

Ballyheigue Athletic FC are calling on all girls in the parish of playing age to come along and join the new under-13 squad as training starts on August 27 next at the astroturf in Banna. They can rest assured of two things at least - it is going to be a lot of fun and a great way to stay fit and healthy year-round.

Margaret Cullinane, a former player with Galway club Renmore Athletic FC Women's, urges all to join in the soccer fun now.

As well as being the first female side within the club, the team will also be one of the few female sides of any code in Ballyheigue. "Most girls in Ballyheigue play team sports outside the village. For example, they play camogie with Causeway and Gaelic Football in Abbeydorney. But given that Causeway has two camogie teams at this age with many of the players from Ballyheigue, there's plenty of talent at this age level here," Margaret explained.

Until the age of 12, the girls play soccer with the boys. "They tend to separate after that so the girls really need their own team here, and we're delighted to give them the opportunity now come the first training session on August 27. We're getting started a week earlier than the boys and ahead of the school term to get that bit more momentum going behind it," she said.

Ballyheigue Athletics Club is delighted meanwhile to have secured the sponsorship of the Kerry Head/Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre - who've provided the funding for the kit.

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