Hammersmith Ladies FC : “Women’s football is thriving in the capital”

While the England squad were battling it out in Euro 2016, Hammersmith Ladies FC were getting in shape for the upcoming season

Our Patch Magazine caught up with the team in June to talk about the rise in popularity of women’s football in West London, and their own promotion to division 2 of the Greater London Women’s Football League.

Women’s football is now thriving in the capital, thanks to girls’ schools enthusiastically embracing the game. Michael Smith, manager of the Hammersmith Ladies team, also believes that large events such as Euro 2016 are also a valuable recruiting tool.

“Female fans get just as agitated about football as male fans. Anything to encourage players will boost women’s football.”

There are many fully-fledged professional women’s teams in West London, including QPR LFC, Fulham FC Foundation Ladies, and Chelsea LFC. Hammersmith Ladies FC was launched by Michael, with help from Hammersmith and Fulham Council, in 2015 and has been training at Ravenscourt Park ever since.

Members of Hammersmith Ladies include PE teachers, publishers, and PR pros, and Michael is keen to keep the flow of new talent trickling in. The diverse team also includes players from Iceland, Australia, Venezuela, Spain, and Switzerland.

Horton and Garton are extremely proud to sponsor Hammersmith Ladies FC. Following their promotion to division 2 of the league, the team will be taking a shot at the Women’s FA Cup for the first time.

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