As part of it's push to become as inclusive as possible, St Mirren Youth Football Club decided a couple of years ago to create a girls section.

This was partly due to the many young female footballers in its young squads, but also a desire to be more in tune with the club's ethos of 'Football for All'.

With the club aiming to become part of the Scottish FA Quality Mark accreditation scheme, it was obvious that a Player Pathway had to be put in place for girls as well as boys to keep talented young girls in the game.

Recruitment drives on the club's website, poster campaigns all over Renfrewshire and beyond, and good old fashioned word of mouth, saw more talented girls starting to appear at coaching sessions. The club was then accepted into the Scottish Women's Football West Regional Girls League for Under 13s.

One girl even hailed from Oban and a series of friendly fixtures were arranged with established girls teams. Coaches were surprised and delighted to win two out of the three ties - the players were even more delighted!

The U13s now have a squad of 18 players ranging from 8 to 12 years of age and the club is already looking ahead to 2011, when they hope to add under 11 and under 15 squads.

Anyone who is interested, whether a player, prospective coach or volunteer helper, can contact club secretary Frank Sweeney on 07760 413394 or girls' head coach Debbie Millsom on 07874 374365.

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