Girls’ kit boost

Faith Malone of Barnardos presents Seaton Carew Girls Under 15s with  their new kit
Faith Malone of Barnardos presents Seaton Carew Girls Under 15s with their new kit

A GIRLS football team have been given a striking new look thanks to the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Seaton Carew FC’s Under 15s girls side were one of only two teams across County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire selected to receive the boost.

It was after managers entered a competition saying why they thought they deserved a new kit in less than 150 words.

The side will now turn out for their home games in the new full kit of shirt, shorts and socks.

Their shirt carries Barnardo’s logo as part of a campaign to find more people to adopt and become foster carers.

Faith Malone, of the children’s charity, said: “We wanted to give something back to the communities at grass roots level.

“Various things attracted us to Seaton Carew FC Under 15 girls, they are quite a new team and support girls football and work with teenagers which is what we predominantly look after in the care system.

“They are also a very family oriented club. If just one person picks up the phone after seeing our logo on the kit then it has been worth it.”

Seaton Carew FC have 45 girls playing for them in three sides – under 13, under 15 and seniors.

The girls section was started by mum Edie Coates, whose daughter Jess has gone from playing to managing the under 13s side.

Coach Andy Stuart said: “We are the only club in the town that provides football for girls and we are a non-profit making team so this is a godsend.”

Manager Graham Pattison added: “It is absolutely fantastic and is just a boost for us to be recognised.

“It reaffirms the team spirit and bond and we look forward to showing the new kit off.”

The girls, who play in the Russell Foster Youth League, will represent the town when they take part in a girls football tournament in Chester-le-Street next spring staged by the Durham FA.