Bringing International Opportunities to Women and Girls in the Midlands.
December 2022 sees the start our new project which aims to create an amateur international team in the Midlands, giving a unique football and cultural experience to women and girls across the region.
With the initial aim to join the World Unity Football Alliance, an organisation that hosts 19 amateur teams from around the world, this will give players the opportunity to play on the international stage against teams such as Surrey International, Kashmir, Kernow and Barowa, all UK based teams, as well as teams from overseas such as California, Darfur United and Hong Kong All Blacks.
In early 2022 I had my first taste of the international women's scene as I took charge of the Afghanistan Women's National Development Team as they played a match against Surrey in a heartwarming meeting of cultures. A match that was broadcast live and can be seen here: https://elevensports.com/en/view/event/cl3fvow2s8bqu0kdp9kh7pw8w
CREATION OF MERCIA INTERNATIONAL
The ancient kingdom of Mercia is the area which makes up the modern 'Midlands' of the UK and it is on this ancient culture that we will create the team under. Mercia will take in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Rutland, a reduced area of the original kingdom, but large enough to give significant opportunities to enough players to get involved.
The project requires people to get involved in many capacities, with members required as board members, project group members and coaching staff, we are also looking for partners such as clubs and organisations that feel that they can offer something to the project such as seeking sponsorship and funding and hosting the team for friendlies.
The team itself is not FIFA registered and therefore does not impact players who have aspirations to play for England, Scotland, Wales or other professional FIFA recognised teams.
Once established, the team will offer periodic selection days, training sessions and camps, friendlies at home and abroad and the chance to take part in tournaments such as the WUFA Women's World Cup currently aimed to be scheduled 2022 or 2023.
This is an exciting project that aims to give experiences on the international stage to women and girls who want to represent their region and wear the blue and yellow of Mercia International.
Interested parties can contact me on:
Phone / Text / WhatsApp: 07706 899176