Small Club – Big Aspirations
Funding Requested: £500
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Vice Chairwoman | Iceni Spears WAFC
We are a small women's team based in Norwich, Norfolk and were established in 2014. This year's committee, along with our new HC have undertaken a massive recruitment drive this year with the aim of allowing us to compete in 7-a-side football in the 2019 Sapphire Series.
Our campaign slogan is "Find Your Fit". We find that many women who think about joining are concerned that they're too unfit, too small, too big, too slow to play sports. We know that the game doesn't work without our biggest and smallest girls working together, and have successfully trained up many players who would have described themselves as "unfit".
This recruitment drive has returned a range of sizes, shapes and abilities, and has been particularly helpful for building our O Line! Unfortunately, we've found this presents new challenges in terms of supplying kit. Our smallest girls just don't fit the smallest women's pads on the market, and the biggest girls don't fit the biggest on offer. Very few outlets manufacture lowers suitable for women's hips and thighs, and we find ourselves struggling for solutions.
We are a small team, and don't make very much actual profit from our subs after pitch and competition entry fees come out. We would use the funding to purchase smaller and larger kit - including junior pads, women's lowers and XL helmets. Sadly, it doesn't reflect well on us to preach inclusion for all sizes if we then struggle to equip those who don't fit the narrow mould on the market for women. This funding could make so many of our players feel more comfortable, welcome and (most importantly) safe. Thank you for your consideration - please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.