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Monifieth build for the future as a Legacy Club

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Monifieth Ladies, the only Legacy Club in Angus, are having a very successful season so far.

“We recently joined with four other football clubs within the Carnoustie/Panmure area,” said Graeme Mearns, Chairperson of Monifieth. This already added to their Quality Mark status, and earned them the title of Legacy Club.

But it isn’t just off the pitch where the Ladies are developing.

"At the moment, we are sitting top of our league," beams Alison Bell, club secretary and coach of the Monifieth Reds under-13s. "We are hoping we remain at the top of the league because this would be the first time for the girls to win the league," she adds with a grin.

Mearns continues the success story, telling Youth Football Scotland how one of the under-15 sides also sit perched at the top of their respective league. "We’re also bottom of the league at under-15, and mid-table in under-13," he continued.

Whether a girl can land it on a sixpence or land on her backside, as long as she is trying and enjoying herself, that is the most important thing to Mearns. 

"We’re an open club, a registered charity, and we cater for girls of all abilities. So no matter what they’re ability at football we provide a place for them," Mearns said.

This approach has seen a plethora of girls of different standards come through the club. Girls who have represented Scotland, and girls who could nt kick a ball when they started. But, as Mearns points out, it is not about churning out the next Julie Fleeting.

"Monifieth Ladies is about getting girls to play football to try and improve their health and their fitness and making sure they enjoy it," he said.

This ethos is helping develop girls off the pitch as well, according to Bell: "It makes them a better person because it makes them respect others, get on with others and take each to their own. Football really does bring a lot out of them, and they’re a good bunch of girls."

Mearns added, "I think the girls get a lot of bonding together and become a part of the community, and we want them to be part of the community."

The friendly approach is clearly working for the side, who currently have just under 100 girls signed to the club and registered with SWF. And looking to the future, Bell and Mearns can both see room for expansion.

"We’re hoping to get back in an under-nine’s team, to bring in younger players," Bell said. "At the moment the youngest we’ve got is under-11s so to bring in girls and to get them all through the age ranges, would be ideal." 

A senior team may also be on the way for Monifieth Ladies, giving the youngsters a natural pathway into the adult game.

The club would aim to do this themselves, but know that they are not alone.  The Scottish FA is "always a help," Bell said. "Especially with myself joining as club secretary as well, if I am stuck they are willing to always help. They’re always on the end of a phone."

Good luck to Monifieth Ladies for the rest of their season!

Andrew Petrie | YFS South East Region Journalist

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