A FESTIVAL of football organised by the Marine FC in the Community charity has been hailed a huge success after 130 girls from 12 teams took part.
MITC director Graeme Gardiner was delighted with the success of the tournament, which was held at a local sports centre.
He said: “It was brilliant seeing girls playing football and enjoying it. As supporters, we got a girls football team going at Marine, so we now have a ladies team.
“Each week, we were sending in coaches to local secondary schools to get girls playing football and to get them active.
“A lot of the schools don’t have the time or people to do it. We were able to go in and deliver free coaching sessions for 14 weeks.
“It culminated in a really great festival. We had prizes, medals, certificates, and the trophy.
“Really the coaching was to get them going and then the carrot was the tournament to play in at the end.
“Now we’ve got the schools involved, we’ve got the girls involved, we want to develop it further now.”
The community section of the club has been thriving ever since its inception.
Perhaps MITC’s biggest triumph to date was a scheme run over the pandemic, which involved around 5,000 free lunches delivered to isolating individuals.
They had a community café and then started taking out lunches to the people who were shielding, delivering more than 60 lunches a week for two years.