A GROUP of football mums have been inspired to switch the sidelines for the pitch and now want to get more girls involved in the sport.

The Stanway Rovers Ladies gets women on the football pitch enjoying weekly training and matches.

It was set up by coach Leo King but has had to be put on hold during to the lockdown.

Jennifer Griggs joined the club last year and hopes to encourage other women to get involved in the sport.

She said: “A lot of us have daughters who also train with Stanway Rovers girls. There are 24 of us training at present aged between 18 and 48.

“We started out as a bunch of footie mums having fun and getting fit and are now on our way to playing 'real football'.


“We’d love to inspire more girls and women of all ages to join us and our extended football family.”

The women are also on the lookout for a sponsor for their training and pitch fees

Training usually takes place on Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons.

Due to lockdown forcing a hiatus Leo has encouraged the ladies to take on a step challenge to keep their fitness up and raise cash for the club.

Jennifer said: “Leo is trying to keep us all motivated and fit and has set us a step challenge, we’ve been split into two teams and have to submit our steps daily via smart watch screenshots etc.

“So far during this lockdown we’ve hit nearly 2.5 million steps between us and we’ve decided it might be an idea to try and hit the magic ten million by midnight on December 2.

“While doing so we hope to raise some much needed funds for our fledgling club and also give some to a local charity.”

To find out more visit Facebook and search Stanway Rovers Ladies FC.