Football marathon marks two decades of Ladies club

Falkirk Ladies took a break from league action this weekend as they celebrate 20 years of football.

Since the club’s formation in 1993 it has had thousands of playing members and has offered a place for every standard of footballer, from those who only look to play recreationally up to the international clas reached by more then 20 of the Ladies’s ex-players.

The club is run by volunteers and is an independent club named after the town of Falkirk – not the local SFL football side.

Formed in April 1993 Falkirk Ladies have offered girls in the local area an opportunity to play competitive football in a friendly environment that promotes development and fun as well as a chance to be part of Central Region’s most successful female club.

Falkirk Ladies FC was one of the first clubs in Scotland to be awarded the SFA Quality Mark award and in 2012 the Scottish FA introduced the UEFA Elite Club Licence scheme, which Falkirk achieved in December of that year.

The club has traditionally trained and played out of the St.Mungos/Sunnyside area of Falkirk but in recent years the adult section has been linked with Dunipace Juniors and its pitch in Denny.

On Sunday 100 players, coaches and parents took part in 9 hours of skills challenges and football games at Dunipace Juniors FC. Players aged eight- adult were involved over the day as they took part in four-a-side and seven-sided games, football tennis, beat the goalie challenges, target challenges and many more activities throughout the day.

All the Falkirk players were sponsored to take part in the event to help raise funds for the club in this anniversary year.

The event was enhanced as teams from Rossvale Girls, Linlithgow Rose and Cumbernauld Colts joined in to play U9’s and U11s games.

Falkirk Ladies resume the season again on Sunday, with a trip to Broxburn to face Hibernian at Albyn Park.

Their next scheduled game is possibly their toughest as they host Champions League representatives Glasgow City at Recreation Park Alloa on June 30. Kick off is 4 p.m.

Among City’s side are local ladies Nicola Docherty and Leanne Ross.

Ross was in the Scotland side that triumphed 3-2 over Iceland and it was the Stenhousemuir based City midfielder who struck the national side’s winner.