Maccabi girls net first win

IN TRAINING: The new Maccabi women’s football team

MANCHESTER Maccabi under-11s’ girls team recorded their first win of the season, beating Horwich 3-0.

The team plays in the Bolton and Bury District League and is made up of the under-10s girls side which coach Natasha Williams formed with friend Elana Shapiro last year. Their games are uncompetitive until the girls reach the under-12 age group.

Natasha, a former Manchester High School for Girls’ pupil who is studying A-levels at Holy Cross College, Bury, said: “We want to get a new generation involved with girls’ football.

“I played for the Maccabi GB girls’ under-16s team at the JCC Games in America three years ago and I was the only Jewish girl from Manchester.

“Football among girls is more popular than ever. It is impractical to think it will ever be as big as men’s football, but there is no reason why it can’t be just as equal and well-respected.”

Natasha is also forging a career on the pitch as a right midfielder for the Bury Amateur girls’ team.

Her under-11s team trains on Wednesdays (6pm-7pm) at Manchester Maccabi, Prestwich, and play on Sundays.

Natasha, 17, has also started a women’s football team at Maccabi for those 18 and above. She said: “I organised a ladies’ football fundraising tournament to help us buy equipment.

“So many of the mums enjoyed it, that they asked me if I could start a regular team for them.

“At the moment, we are training at Maccabi every Monday (6pm-7pm) and, we will hopefully enter a league next season.”

* Anybody interested in joining should phone Natasha on 07718- 621643.

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