Caerphilly Castle Girls reformed in August 2017, when interest in a girls minis football team within Caerphilly started growing.
Initially, a couple of girls came along to training with the Ladies on a Tuesday evening. The number’s started increasing, and the fathers of two of our first girls (Megan and Sienna) were asked if they would like to come on board and start taking some training sessions with a new minis section.
Happily for us, they agreed, and our new Mini section was born.
Using a revived social media platform, an invitation was put out for new players, and by September, the new minis training sessions was set up, with 12 girls coming along to the first session.
As the nights grew in, training moved form Morgan Jones park, to initially the gymnasium at St. Martins Hall. As the numbers of girls increased in the first few weeks, we quickly outgrew that location, and moved to St Cenydd Sports Hall, where we trained across the winter.
After a few weeks, and with an established set of girls regularly coming along to training on November 19th we played our first friendly match against Splott Albion, whom we will always be thankful towards for giving our girls their first taste of competitive football.
A couple of further friendlies followed, against Fairwater, and AFC Porth The mini section continued to grow, and 6 months ahead of our planned for date, in December 2017, we were delighted to register our 1st two teams (Under 9s and Unders11s) in the South Wales Women’s and Girls League, making their debuts on 11th February 2018.
The girls enjoyed a great amount of development over the course of the remainder of the season, cumulating in a very successful attendance at the End Of Season festival held by Cardiff Bluebelles.
Recruitment has continued at a pace across the summer. Now, with ten coaches, we expect to expand out teams rosters to include an U8s, U9s, U10s, U11s, and U12s for the 2018/19 season, and are very much looking forward to the new challenges which await.