The rise of women’s football in Edmonton, Canada, has prompted FCBEscola to open up a football school exclusively for girls.
All FCBEscola teams are named after an FC Barcelona player, and so this team has been named ‘Alexia’ after the striker of the Barça first team women’s footballer.
The team of the Canadian school is made up of 12 players between the ages of nine and 12: Reese Rooyakkers, Helena Eddie, Brooklyn Gresik, Hayden Liboiron, Chantal Kilian, Brynn McFatridge, Haden Thomas, Emma Van Dijk, Kayla Nadeau, Lauren Tenney, Adyson Haupt and Izabella La Forge.
Despite a four-year gap between the youngest and oldest players, the group has been training together since last season. The recent incorporations have joined the squad and the imminent arrival of new players will mean the division of players by age which will subsequently lead to two different squads at FCBEscola Edmonton.
Local Project Director at FCBEscola Edmonton, Sergi Pi, recognizes that “despite the age gap, they have begun to training together as their level is very similar, but the most important thing is that they are having a fantastic time playing football. It is a pleasure to watch them”.
Pi also said that “this is the first step of what we hope to be a big success of the project. Currently, we have 30 girls in our FCBEscola out of a group of 125 athletes, which makes up 24% of the total. We must not forget that women’s football is as, if not more, important than men’s football in Canada, and especially in Edmonton, which is why it would be great to make this differential touch to our schools”.