Sports Awards: Stoke Town Ladies ensure women's football is thriving
STOKE Town Ladies just keep clocking up the silverware.
About 100 girls from around the Potteries aged from six to 17 are registered with the club, and at each age group the ladies are proving to be formidable.
At the moment it is likely that the only help they need is to help pack all the medals and cups into an increasingly-crowded trophy cabinet.
The under-17s are top of the Shropshire and District League with four games to go and have reached the finals of two cups.
The under-16s have won the Staffordshire County Cup and have now been crowned County Girls League champions after beating Stafford Town 11-0.
At under-15 level, a Stoke side packed with 13-year-old starlets has laid down a marker to challenge for the top honours next season while the under-13s are also shining.
The under-12s and under-10s sides are both sitting pretty at the top of their leagues and the under-eights are showing signs they will keep up the club's glory trail.
It helps to have supreme individual talent like under-10s hot-shot Hannah Jamieson, the 10-year-old with a lethal left foot who has scored 101 goals in 31 games.
Meanwhile, under-16s manager Colin Rahmatalla and his side's captain Daniella Windsor have enjoyed an unbeaten run so long no one can remember how many games have gone since they were last beaten.
And it has been smooth running off the pitch, too.
Chairman Simon Laidler explained: "We switched our base from Roe Lane in Newcastle to Longton Rugby Club, at Trentham Fields, at the start of this season.
"With the help of player and parent fund-raising and sponsorship deals, we have managed to the pay for the superior facilities on offer there while keeping subs as low as possible.
"Training is always supervised by qualified coaches and, while the club is already doing very well, we are always on the lookout for new players in most age groups. New faces are always welcome."
Stoke Town Ladies have been nominated in the Sport in the Community category of The Sentinel/City of Stoke-on-Trent Sports Personality of the Year Awards by Laidler.
He said: "The club is thriving in difficult economic times, which goes against the grain for most junior football clubs.
"All of our teams are doing tremendously well and hopefully there are many more trophies on the way before the end of the season.
"We hope to continue to go from strength to strength and we could have our first open-aged team next season."