Cambridge City Ladies and Girls Football Club is a club that continues to go from strength to strength and is currently the largest and arguably the most successful all-female club in the region. It provides local ladies and girls with the opportunity to develop their footballing skills within a well organised, friendly and encouraging environment.
Prior to 2002, the girls were playing under the name of Cherry Hinton Crusaders, with just two teams - one managed by Eddie Tucker, the other by David Hewson. Kevin Jacklin was club chairman at the time, which ironically is a role that he has very recently returned to this season, allowing former chairman and massive City fan, Sid Cullum, to concentrate on his new role as Company Secretary for the men's club.
The Crusaders were approached by Cambridge City to play under the City name and badge. It was an ideal pairing for two local, popular teams. So began a long and successful partnership, which soon evolved into full integration into the main club. Since the early days, CCLGFC has expanded dramatically and now has teams playing in the Cambridgeshire FA S-Tech Leagues from the under 7 age group, all the way through to the under 18s and the Ladies Development team. The Club have over 150 ladies and girls registered.
Over the last sixteen years, the girls have been very successful, winning numerous league and cup doubles, together with many prestigious tournaments. Their successes stretch locally, regionally and indeed nationally. In the past, they have achieved success in the national Tesco Cup and more recently the national ACES tournament, where league and cup winners from around the country come together to determine the 'best of the best'. The City under 12s team were proud victors at the ACES tournament this year (2018).
In 2015, the Club reformed their Ladies team, in essence with the very successful under 16s team who had just won the Cambridgeshire League and Cup double and who were looking for another challenge. It proved to be a very shrewd decision. The team took the local S-Tech Womens Premiership by storm, going on to win two 'back to back' promotions and last season (2017/18) they only missed out on promotion from the Eastern Region Women's Premier League by just one point. This coming season they aim to go one better! They also beat local rivals, Cambridge United Women, in the County Cup final in May, rounding off the season very nicely.
The Club attracts many talented players and are pleased to have provided a footballing platform for the careers of many players who have gone on to play at a higher level, including:
Lucy Parker - Arsenal and England
Rebecca Bull - Arsenal and England
Leigh-Anne Robe - Arsenal, Millwall and England
Laura Mills - Chelsea and England (Laura now plays and coaches for City Ladies)
Holly Greenwood - Arsenal and London Bees
Amber Gaylor - Arsenal and Millwall
Other former City players, including Leanne Tucker, Rebecca Hewson and Rachel Pearce, have all progressed to gain footballing scholarships in America.
CCLGFC is now a proud sister club to Arsenal Ladies, who are the most successful British female football team ever. This partnership is an amazing opportunity for the Club to develop still further and enable our players to experience first hand, the wonderful coaching facilities that Arsenal Ladies have to offer.
Proudly, the Club is also a FA Charter Standard Community Club, which is the highest award a club can achieve at this level. This is the 'kitemark' which recognises and rewards clubs which consistently provide and maintain the highest standards possible in relation to how they are run, their sustainability and where child protection, quality coaching and safety issues are paramount in their ethos. To add to this, the Club also won the Cambridgeshire FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year award.
Last season, the Club were also honoured to be awarded the Cambridgeshire FA Mick North Club of the Year 2016/17 award. This was the first time that an all-female club had received the award.
All the managers and coaches are DBS checked and have attended relevant first aid courses. They have all successfully completed recognised FA coaching courses, with some even progressing towards the UEFA B level.
With such a healthy youth section, the future of the Club, including the Ladies teams (who benefit from girls coming through) looks very, very bright.
The Club is always looking to welcome new ladies and girls to share their success with.
Like they say, the future is most definitely Black and White!