Sport: Female football clubs across Bedfordshire waiting for you to join

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Bedfordshire has many football clubs and groups for girls and women to play football. Take a look and think about becoming the next Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Ellen White.

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Biggleswade United

Starting off this list with Biggleswade United Ladies. The Women's Reds team competes in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League and the Blues team plays in Beds&Herts Women’s Football League. If you live in Biggleswade and would like to join the club, visit their website.

Bedford Ladies and Girls Football Club

The club has more than 50 years of experience in coaching women and girls on how to play football. Bedford Ladies and Girls FC are the most successful all-female football club in the county. Currently, the club has 13 teams, eleven youth teams from Under 8s plus Ladies Development and First Team.

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Girls are welcome to join Bedford Ladies and Girls Football Club at any time in the year, from age 7 to adults. The club focuses not only on promoting a healthy lifestyle, but also teaches about team building and working with others for a common goal. The groups train twice a week, if you are interested, you can find more information here.

AFC Dunstable

The female side of the club is growing every year. AFC Dunstable Ladies 1st Team compete in the Eastern Region Premier Division which is step 3 of the women’s pyramid.

The club has teams for girls in years 3- 11 and women above 16. Training takes place for all teams on Wednesday nights (varying times) and girls' matches will be played on Saturday mornings from September to May. Ladies' team fixtures take place on Sundays. To get in touch and find out more information, visit the club's website.

Flitwick Eagles Ladies FC

The ladies play in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Women's Football League - Division 3. The team is managed by Charlie Gazeley and Melissa Wing and coached by Natasha Orchard Smith. The club is a 'Community Charter Standard Football Club' offering football to boys and girls and from under seven through to adults. Flitwick Eagles play at the Flitwick Football Centre. If you're interested get in touch or check the website.

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Houghton Athletic F.C

This is an F.A. Charter Standard Community Club based in Houghton Regis which is been offering football experience for over 18 years. The ladies' team trains every Tuesday and has matches on Sundays at Tithe Farm Recreation Ground. Houghton Athletic Ladies are a well-established side in BHWFL League. For more information, click here.

Kempston Rovers Ladies FC

Kempston Rovers were formed in 1884 and entered the Bedford & District League. Matches are played on Sunday afternoons on the main pitch at Kempston Rovers. The ladies compete in the Beds & Herts Women's Football League. Training is on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in joining, please email Iain Burnapp - [email protected].

Leighton United

The club plays in the Bedfordshire Girls Football League on Saturdays and have training on Tuesday evenings. The Leighton Unites works together to facilitate the activities of the team so players can enjoy the game and continue to love what playing football. We also work to provide specific coaching for every player in the team and work together towards developing the team as they grow together.

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The football club works with Wildcats, which is a Football Association (FA) programme to encourage girls between the ages of 5 and 11 to take up football, regardless of ability. Sessions are run at our dedicated facilities in Tilsworth, Leighton Buzzard which provides a safe and secure environment for children to learn football. More information about Leighton United FC you will find here.

Luton Allstar Lionesses FC

Allstars is a club that has been operating inside Luton town. A club that focuses on developing the football skills of children, while also looking at helping out our local community through many different avenues. Luton Allstar has created two girls' teams in the season 2015/2016. Currently, the club offers 13 girls' teams ages from U7 to U18’s competing in various Saturday and Sunday leagues. Lionesses run a development centre for boys and girls from 5 to 12.

They believe in creating constructive members of society through football; promoting the game through enjoyment, a belief in “football for all” and excellent coaching. If you want to join the club, press here.

Luton Celtic Youth

The club has been providing a platform for the past five years for girls to play and train football. The club aims to change the perspective of only men playing football by creating a platform for girls. It believes that girls need to be supported and they deserve respect. The club invites all girls age 6 and above. You can check more information on their Facebook page.

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Woburn & Wavendon Ladies Football Club

Woburn & Wavendon Football Club (formerly Woburn Lions and Woburn Lionesses) was re-named in 2014. The club was founded in 1976 and it is one of the oldest and largest in the area. The club has had over 580 boys and girls of all abilities playing for approaching 45 teams (5 years of age through to adult as well as “Goalability” pan-disability sessions). Lionesses aim to help all our players develop their full footballing potential, make friends and enjoy loads of smiles along the way. The girls from under the age of 8 up to the age of 18 are allowed to join the teams. Find out more here.

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