Football club with inclusive ethos gets ready to kick off new season
PUBLISHED: 14:40 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 25 August 2016
Max Ferdinand, cousin of Rio, is one of the club's coaches
A Gravesend youth football team that aims to get people of all backgrounds involved in the sport is preparing to kick off its second season.
Gravesham Borough Youth FC, which is based in the King’s Farm area of the town, has launched a new girls’ team, bringing its total number of teams to 12.
Helped by some famous names - including the cousin of ex-Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand - the club has an inclusive ethos and hopes to recruit more players.
Joanne Hiscock, vice-chair of the club, told the Reporter: “Our philosophy is that anyone should be able to play football. We want to encourage everyone to take part.
“We have got teams from under sevens to under 14s, and we do minis for five and six-year-olds on Saturdays. We have got two disability teams starting in September.
“We have got a new girls team, the under 11s, and we are still looking for players for that team.”
One of the club’s coaches, Kevin Horlock, has played for West Ham, Northern Ireland and Manchester City, and he currently manages Maldon and Tiptree in Colchester.
Max Ferdinand, cousin of Rio, was one of the club’s founding members and also coaches one of the teams.
Miss Hiscock, who works full time for West Kent Housing Association, had a point to prove when she decided to become a coach.
“There are hardly any female coaches,” she said. “I am a level two coach, and there are only about 80 in the whole of Kent.
“I did my level one course last year, before the club was founded, and I have just finished my level two course.
“I came across a lot of people who did not want their son to be coached by a woman. I just wanted to get involved and prove that women could coach football.”