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Holbrook Sports have established a women's team playing in the Derbyshire League - established squad joining from elsewhere - male and female coaches - playing at the same ground as the men's team at a traditional small non-league ground with a proper big grass pitch.

Players who are interested in joining this friendly but ambitious club are welcome to get in contact - we can be found either on facebook or twitter or email club chairman <> . 

Women's Football / Playing at different levels
« on: February 02, 2019, 09:15:04 PM »
Am I right in thinking a player can sign for 2 teams so long as one is significantly higher up the pyramid than another.  Does anyone know if that is right and if so where I can find the specifics ?


Non WSL UK Women’s Football / Burton albion
« on: October 06, 2018, 12:12:58 AM »
I see the whole management team at Burton Albion ladies have resigned citing the lack of systems in place to move the club forward - wonder what has gone on there then ?   They've made a poorish start to the season and their reserves and u18s are getting hammered so maybe they just feel they are on a hiding to nothing and would rather concentrate on their paid careers.

Should teams with an RTC also be allowed to run parallel teams in grassroots leagues.   My local RTC clubs also have teams, sometimes two teams in a single age group, in the local leagues.  It amounts to a stockpiling of players that they can't possibly accommodate at u18 upwards.   

Girl's Centres of Excellence / 16up
« on: January 19, 2018, 02:17:46 PM »
From personal experiences what would people recommend for a player wanting to carry on improving but not aiming at getting into the paid ranks.   

Options likely to be decent u18 side in strong u18 league (warwickshire),  Development/reserve side in WPL development division, first team in county or regional league team? 


Women's Football / New wsl licences
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:20:02 AM »
Anyone care to guess who will be applying for the new top division?   West Ham have put their hat in the ring, I've heard Derby are interested but don't know if they are going for tier 1 or 2.

England International Football / squad selection
« on: April 04, 2017, 08:10:25 AM »
Unusual approach to squad selection is getting some media attention - Aluko not happy.   I'm all for the manager having final say on how he runs it so to that extent it's his call but I can't help feel if Southgate did this with the men he'd be absolutely slaughtered in the media.   

It does seem that England women are moving even further towards being a closed system from youth level upwards and now right through to the tournaments.    The FA England DNA stuff has been written off for the men but maybe this is a kind of experiment where they feel they can almost bring up players in a style of play and almost create a parallel Team England with their own style of physical conditioning, tactics, psychology etc.

Girl's Centres of Excellence / Post 16
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:41:50 PM »
For anyone who played or had a daughter that plays/ played CoE or RTC what are your plans for post 16 or what did you do when you left the CoE?

Women's Football / Signing for multiple teams ?
« on: November 22, 2016, 01:41:46 PM »
Can anyone fill me in as to how this works - maybe someone that plays at this level or got so me other involvement.   I was looking at FullTime and noticed Derby Ladies have 54 players signed on - now I know they have a reserve team too but 54 players seems like a lot.  Then I clicked on Leicester and they have 59 so I guess this must be the norm.   

I noticed some of these also play for other teams - I know there are rules about being able to play at one level and sign for a higher level but continue at the lower until you have played so many games etc but in reality  how does this work.   Will all those 54 players actually train with Derby - if they do do they also train with their other teams - do they dip in and out of each side and doesn't that affect the team spirit of the team at the lower level having players who are only there because they can't get a game for their "first choice" side ? 

Just wondering as I've got involved in coaching at the older end of youth level and wondered going forwards how it worked if I stayed in and carried on into u18 and senior football. 

Support and Suggestions / website
« on: February 27, 2016, 05:48:46 PM »
Given the lack of traffic would it not be better to streamline the website into far fewer boards.   For example maybe a board for all youth football including CofEs, one for international football, one for pro/semi pro and one for everything else ?    That way the small amount of traffic would at least give the impression the place is still in use and in turn generate more traffic ?

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