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Newcastle United Women show support for Just Play scheme to boost women’s game in the North East

Newcastle United Women’s Katie Barker and Georgia Gibson have added their names to supporters of a new scheme encouraging women and girls to get back into football or to try it for the first time.

The Just Play initiative will see sessions held weekly for women aged 16 to 45 who can access friendly and professional coaching from United Women’s partner club, West Allotment Ladies.

The two Tyneside clubs are keen to increase opportunities for women to access the sport, as well as a pathway to playing competitively – whether they have previous football experience or not.

Just Play’s launch last week saw ex-England player Aran Embleton put on her boots again to help kick off the scheme in style.

With backing from Newcastle United Women and an English international footballer, West Allotment Ladies hope to recruit dozens of women in the region to Just Play.

David Dodds, UEFA B Lead Coach for West Allotment Ladies, outlined how the scheme caters to footballers of any experience level.

“Just Play is a great route for young women to try football for the first time or for those who played in the past and would like to play again,” Dodds explained. “The environment is a friendly and non-competitive one, and there are of course routes to progress into a team if desired, with West Allotment Ladies.”

The support of Newcastle Women for Just Play is another demonstration of the fruitful partnership between the club and West Allotment Ladies.

Announced in January, the partnership aims to boost women’s football in the North East. By setting up the Just Play scheme, West Allotment Ladies will have the chance to find and nurture top regional talent, and Newcastle United Women will also benefit from this.

As part of the partnership between the two clubs, The Lady Magpies regularly scout from the West Allotment Ladies squad. Just Play therefore provides a huge opportunity for regional players who want to ascend the footballing ladder.

Just Play sessions are held every Sunday, between 10am and 11am at The Parks in North Shields, NE29 6TL.

For more information about the Just Play scheme and or to get involved, email or contact David on 07977 413102 to book a place.

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