How Swede it is for North­ern Red­backs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

NORTH­ERN Red­backs Women’s Soc­cer Club in Balga will be the first WA team to com­pete in the Gothia Cup in Swe­den.

A squad of 16 ju­niors and three train-on play­ers will test their skills among the world’s best ju­niors in Gothen­burg from July 14 to 20.

The cup, which started in 1975, at­tracts about 1700 teams from 80 na­tions each year.

Coach Neil Ben­nett said the club was very ex­cited to com­pete in the cup.

“As the first fe­male team from WA to take part, we think it’s a great hon­our, and we’re look­ing for­ward to not only com­pet­ing but also act­ing as am­bas­sadors for fe­male foot­ball in WA,” he said.

“We’re in the un­der-16s age group for girls and in the A di­vi­sion so the teams we will be play­ing against will be very strong. We think that by play­ing against girls from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and back­grounds, it will help them grow as foot­ballers and peo­ple.”

Ben­nett said the squad would be do­ing ex­tra train­ing ses­sions and friendly matches against older and stronger teams ahead of the cup.

He said the club was look­ing for more fundrais­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties af­ter it gained spon­sor­ship from the Swedish Women’s Ed­u­ca­tional As­so­ci­a­tion.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.north­ernred­backs.

The North­ern Red­backs 2019 Gothia Cup squad with their coach and Swedish Women’s Ed­u­ca­tional As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers.

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