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In February 2015, ICA Sports FC commenced a project to introduce female football, which would see a new chapter begin in the club's history.
Six girls turned up for this first session and 20 months later you can now add 90 to this number as the club welcome their 96th girl at their Under-9 session on Saturday 1st October.
The club has flourished as they do not only provide opportunities for girls to participate in football activities in a safe, unpressured, enjoyable and encouraging environment. In addition, they provide non-playing opportunities that allows team spirit to be cemented while the girls live forget-me-not experiences.
As direct result of this work, the club were selected as Arsenal Ladies trusted partner for girls football development in Cambridgeshire and were appointed as an Arsenal Ladies FA WSL Sister Club.
Following the announcement of this affiliation the club were invited to participate in the FA WSL Continental Tyres Youth Cup, one of only 14 clubs from across the country to be invited.
On Sunday 2nd October 2016 the club provided 25 girls, forming three representative teams the opportunity to play at Manchester City's Etihad Football Complex in a National Tournament. All three teams performed superbly well during the tournament with all playing a passing, flowing style of football, which is at the heart of the ICA iD and all three teams did the club proud.
Following the tournament all the girls that participated were part of a half time pitch parade, which celebrated the success of the growth of girls football .
The Under-12 team were outstanding throughout tournament, not conceding one goal and ended up topping the Under-12 table. As a result, the girls were presented with their trophy at half time of the FA WSL Continental Cup final between Manchester City and Birmingham City. The girls received a huge cheer from the 4,214 strong crowd and ICA chants could be heard ringing out around the ground.
Gary Jolley, Under-12 Co-manager, said: "What a great day! Being involved in the winning team of the Continental Youth Cup at Manchester City Etihad Complex was an unforgettable experience. All the girls involved were absolutely brilliant."
"This will live with me forever," added Under-12 Co-manager Shaun Harley. "I am so proud of all the girls. Must say a massive thank you to all the parents and other ICA supporters who made so much noise chanting ICA as the girls received their medals on the pitch."
Steve Purnell, Club Development Director, said: "ICA Sports FC pride themselves on providing not just a football club, but a football experience. We want players to love the game on and off the field and days like this provide lifelong memories."
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