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Washington Ladies
Back in September 2012 Washington AFC set out on starting a Senior Womens team for the Club so our current young players could continue to play football after the age of 18. This was certainly a challenge, within a month of the league commencing the Club had their first Senior Ladies team playing against Consett. 
A result everyone would want to forgot the Ladies got a hammering 27-0 on 28/10/2012. As the 2012/13 season progressed players left and new players joined the Club, the team struggled twice to get a team out which resulted in the game being awarded to the other teams. Often the Ladies played with 8 or 9 players, otherwise cancelling would mean it was a sign of giving up! By the end of the 2012/13 the Ladies never won a game from 22 games, scored 6 and conceded 203 goals. The biggest crowd was 2 it would have been more if we had subs!  
The start of 2013/14 season the girls were on a high after a good pre season and new players joining us. The opening game of the season was against Consett who thrashed the Ladies 27-0 on our first competitive game. Certainly a lot better but the team still got beat 12-0. The Ladies first win ever continued through the season.  
Every week the Ladies trained and played even though they were still getting beat week in week out and how can anyone give up a group of Ladies with that attitude and walk away? Coaching is a challenge! Everyone wants the best players to win games, but to me (and it always has been) its about developing, improving players technical ability, understanding of the game and changing their attitudes.  
The development of the players and the team could be seen over the course of the season even when we played Consett again this season this only getting beat 6-0 and it was 1-0 with 20 mins to go. This was down to the Ladies being hungover off the night before!
However Wednesday 9th April after a total of 38 games, 28 goals scored, 298 goals conceded the girls finally got their first deserved win 3-1. A performance from start to finish which was exceptional from all the 11 players, the passing, movement on and off the ball, desire to win the ball, the passion to win the Ladies were a credit to themselves for believing that they could not only perform but win.
Well done to the girls past and present for sticking by the team and tonight was the biggest crowd 10+ 
Let's hope the development and performance continues, for me that is coaching! Two games left to the end of the season and the future looks good for girls at Washington AFC
Come on the Washy!!!

Volunteers required
There is a meeting for the Club's Presentation night on Thursday 10th April 8.30pm at Biddick Pub.
The Club require one volunteer from each team to assist with the presentation night.  So far the following people are interested in supporting the event:
Womens: Tina Reed, Mary Ashley
Under 15 Girls: Beth Jones
Under 14 Pumas: Chris Ridley
Under 10s Pumas: Darren Ward
Under 9 Tigers: Louise Thompson (U11 & 5) & Claire Addison ,
Under 7 Lions: Sam Hardy
Under 5: John Brundle

We still require more volunteers to assist with the presentation night, email garysykes@washingtonafc.com to get involved. 

Presentation Night Dates
The Club can confirm the dates for the Presentation Night.

Under 5 & 6 at Harraton Community Centre Saturday 17th May


Under 7 - 11 boys and girls & Under 14 Girls at Rainton Meadows Friday 16th May


Under 12 - 15 boys and girls and senior womens at Rainton Meadows Saturday 5th July


The presentation nights have been organised and to fall in line with the new seasons based on the Russell Foster Youth League.  Also the Club have separated the events based on the player's current school year.


The club require volunteers from each team to get involved in assisting with organising the presentation night to ensure that the biggest event for the players and families is memorable.


We will be looking to hold a meeting on Thursday 10th April 8.30pm at Biddick Pub, Fatfield for volunteers to get involved.  Any parent's who are interested in getting involved contact garysykes@washingtonafc.com   If there are parents who want to get involved but cannot attend the meeting, then please let me know.

The following people have expressed an interest to get involved:
Tina Reed (Womens), Darren Ward (U10), Louise Thompson, Claire Addison (U9), Sam Hardy (U7)

The Under 14 Puma's won the County Cup Final beating Greatham 2-1 with goals by Alex and Jack.  Well done to everyone involved and you can view the photographs on the Club's facebook page

Spring Outdoor Training
Training takes place at the Northumbria Centre, Washington from Monday 31st March. 
Speak with your coach when your child's training session takes place.

Club Presentation Night
The Club are looking for volunteers to assist the Club with the Presentation Night.  Anyone interested contact Gary Sykes garysykes@washingtonafc.com so far we have 2 volunteers who have come forward to assist with the presentation night
Sam Hardy U7 
Tina Reed women's team
Anyone else interested in making your child's presentation night a night to remember?

The club are recruiting for more girls aged 8-11 (school year 3-6) to gat involved with the Club.  Training currently takes place every Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm at Goals, Bede College and anyone is welcome to attend. 
The Club would like to start a new U9 girls only team to play football to commence September 2014.  The Under 10's & 11's team are looking for players to get involved with the team. 
Anyone interested contact Gary Sykes 07743 820 274 or garysykes@washingtonafc.com

‘Your Club Needs You’


The Club requires volunteers to get involved with the running of the new changing facility that will open at the end of February or beginning of March 2014:

The Committee are looking for volunteers that can help fill the following roles: 


Head of Facility

Co-ordinate and manage the day to day opening of the changing facility and fields, including match day and training nights


Head of Catering

Co-ordinate a rota for the kitchen facility for match day and training nights

Manage and co-ordinate the purchase and sales of food and beverages


The above roles mean you will have a position on the Club’s Facility Committee. 


If anyone is interested please contact the Club Committee Mark Gibbon markgibbon@washingtonafc.com Stephen Garrett stephengarrett@washingtonafc.com or Head of Football Gary Sykes garysykes@washingtonafc.com


Come and join the Club in their new venture and be part of the future!


A reminder to parents of all age groups that the membership forms, signing on forms & Code of conduct are due to your coaches this week. If you have not returned these, this must be back with your child's coach by Monday 1st July.
If you require these forms select the link below:
Standing Order - to be returned to bank