Move over Harry Kane - Shropshire girls have World Cup in their sights

17 July 2018

Move over Harry Kane, the rising stars at a girls' football team in Shropshire could well play in a future FIFA Women's World Cup thanks to funds from a local housebuilder.

Shifnal Europeans FC
Shifnal Europeans FC 
Shifnal Europeans Football Club is a sister club to the FA Women's Premier League team, Birmingham City Ladies, and has received £1,000 in sponsorship from Bovis Homes to help with kit and training.

Five girls from the Shifnal club have recently moved to top regional senior clubs, including Birmingham City Ladies and Wolves Women.

Trevor Jones, Under 16s coach, said the funding from Bovis Homes was helping to produce future stars.

He said: “There are girls in our teams who could absolutely one day play in a Women's World Cup. For us as a club and as coaches, that is our aim.

“Some of the girls know all the England women players, they really do engage with the sport. With the rising profile of the women's game, there is more exposure, and you can see the women's game expanding.”

As a 'Gold' sister club, Shifnal Europeans FC players receive training from Birmingham City Ladies and get to watch them play and train for free. They also went to the UEFA Women's Champions League final and FA Women's Cup Final last year.

Bovis Homes is sponsoring the kit for both the Under 8 and Under 15 sides for the next two seasons, and will have an advertising board by the pitch.

Shifnal Europeans FC
Shifnal Europeans FC 
Trevor has two daughters at the club, which has grown from having five female players to 75 over the last four years.

“This sponsorship is so important. It helps us fund the shirts, shorts and socks,” he said.

“If we had to fund those ourselves, we'd have to ask the parents to pay for it. They already pay a registration fee and subs, which goes towards maintaining the pitch, equipment and training coaches.”

Trevor moved into a Bovis Homes property at Iddeshale Gardens, located on the edge of Shifnal, with his family four years ago. His daughter Aimee, who will play in the U16s next year, and younger daughter Sophie, who will be in the U12s, moved into the four-bedroom Canterbury.

Trevor, who was one of the first to move onto the location, added it was the “right move” for the family and they loved the “well-designed and open-plan” layout.

Mark Rozier, Bovis Homes sales adviser at Iddeshale Garden, said: “It is a fantastic feeling to think we could be helping to mould the football stars of the future.

Shifnal Europeans FC
Shifnal Europeans FC 
“We are proud to help local people and organisations in our community and Shifnal Europeans FC is such an impressive club that has grown tremendously.”

Bovis Homes has a history of supporting local communities and sponsored Shifnal Town Football Club's kit last season.