Coventry City Ladies cast their eye of the latest crop of emerging talent at annual festival
Coventry City Ladies lauded the success of their annual Festival Day on Saturday (May 25th) as they cast their eye over the latest crop of talent vying to break into high-level women's football.
Girls aged between nine and 17 attended the event, at the Moat House Leisure Centre on Winston Avenue, in an attempt to hone their skills under the supervision of captain Natasha Lynch and midfielders Helen Dermody, Jay Bradford and Nikki Miles.
Dermody and Bradford spoke to Sky Blues Player about the success of the event and their hopes for raising the profile of women's football in Coventry.
"I think it's really important that we get the message out of women's football and that it's accessible in Coventry," Bradford said.
"We were overwhelmed by the turnout and to get a reaction like the one we had was just fantastic."
Star playmaker Dermody expanded on the problems she had as a youngster finding a place to play football saying it was an added motivation to help provide opportunities for other youngsters trying to find a pathway into the women's game.
"I had to play in boys teams when I was younger but I could only do it until I was ten year olds then I had to leave," she said.
"It's a great feeling to be able to play a part in days like this where you can see the next crop of players coming through and it's really exciting to see the reaction we've had from it by girls turning up in big numbers."