Women and non-binary people open training sessions

Clapton CFC is offering weekly training sessions for women and non-binary people.

All ages and abilities welcome, but particularly beginners and those returning to the game.

Women in their 40s and 50s, who were never able to play at school, are especially welcome.

Want to join us? Training takes place every Saturday at 10am at Hackney Downs Park (near the basketball courts).

There’s no cost, but donations are welcome, whatever you want.

Any queries, email Ellie Guedalla on elliesmellie36@googlemail.com

Ellie, who runs the sessions, described how it works…

It’s about fitness, wellbeing, fun and most importantly the beautiful game.

We do a warm up and some fitness first then some technical training.

Some of us are still learning to kick cleanly some working on turns and spins.

Then we play a game but they have to complete three passes before they can shoot so they have to work together

The ages range from 22 to 56. Some got to play a bit in primary, some never even got that.

There is a lost generation of women born before 1981 as we were born under the FA ban.

It was technically lifted in the 70s but no women actually got access to pitches before 1981.

Most have stories of always wanting to play. All are absolutely loving it. The amount of thank you messages I get was a bit overwhelming at first

New five-a-side team

A new five-a-side team has been formed from players from the weekly Tuesday open training sessions.

Our team – called the Clapton CFC 5s – has been allocated a place in the fast-growing Super 5s League based at Mabley Green, Hackney.

The league season begins on January 16th and runs until April 16th.

Games are every Thursday, kicking off at 7pm, and it’s just 20 minutes each way.

All games take place on one of the 3G pitches at Mabley Green, where supporters are welcome, and it’s free entry.

The fixtures and results list is here.