There was a football frenzy on Thursday as 75 children harassed two members of our women’s team following the England Lionesses’ success.
Kelly Highman and Lauren Allen took some time out of their busy pre-season schedule to participate in the Foundation’s Football Holiday Course at the Aspire Center in Southfields while they discussed tactics, worked a shift on the field and signed lots of autographs!
The course itself aims to get as many young children from different backgrounds interested in football as possible – with the aim of having fun, meeting others and developing their technical skills.
You can watch an interview with our players on our official YouTube channel below.
After a tournament lasting several hours, the contestants were then invited to a Q&A with Kelly and Lauren before presenting gifts and medals on behalf of the club for their achievements throughout the day.
Speaking of the importance of events like this, Kelly said: “The day was amazing. It’s so nice to see so many young girls getting involved in the sport.”
You can also see our highlights from a memorable community event below.
“Wimbledon is a very special club and does so much for the community. When we’re asked to do these things, I’m always happy to come down. It’s a great environment to be a part of.”
“It shows you the chance that girls have now. Seeing people play football with a smile underscores the opportunities the club offers,” Lauren added.
The England Lionesses’ victory in Sunday’s European Championship final is certainly something to be felt and the women are expressing how much it means to them before embarking on their own league campaign.
“It was emotional. That’s what everyone’s been working towards,” Lauren said. “The nation has supported women just as well as it has men. Going forward I think it will have a massive impact on women’s football and I think we saw that today.
“One thing that attracted me to Wimbledon was the family feel. It’s a club. We’re all connected – whether we’re playing at Plow Lane or at Carshalton. We hope to take the support we get and keep going.”
“It’s nice to see that they are so interested and committed after the European Championships. It was an important part of football history in this country,” Kelly said. “The pre-season went well. We had some good friendlies, we showed good traits and made some signings. It’s exciting so get ready to check it out.”
The Holiday Courses are held Monday to Thursday (10am to 3pm) at the Aspire Centre, Southfields.
For more information, visit our foundation’s website.
Our women’s team starts the FA Women’s National League Division One South East on Sunday 21st August against Hashtag United. This game will be played at 2pm KO at Carshalton Athletic.