The new joint-manager of Teversal Ladies says she is hoping the current boom in popularity of women’s football will help improve her own side’s fortunes on the pitch this season.
Angela Bacon has, along with Dawn Mason-Meakin, taken over from Paul Wilcockson who stepped down following a tough 2014/15 that saw the ‘Tevettes’ finish bottom of the East Midlands Women’s Football League Division One North.
But with a new regime in place, Bacon believes fortunes on the pitch will be far better when the new season gets underway.
She said: “It was difficult last season because we found it hard to attract players and even found it difficult to train very often as we couldn’t get days where everyone could make it.
“You can’t fault the players because work commitments and so on always play a part but it was hard on team morale and that affected results. If we can get that back it will be a big benefit.
“Now, we’re aiming to have proper weekly training sessions and having met with the players everyone is really enthusiastic and desperate to get going.”
Bacon has been a regular player with Teversal for the last few seasons and will continue in that role, with Mason-Meakin taking charge from the sidelines.
Bacon added: “Obviously Dawn will be able to see things differently from the touchline and we should complement each other quite well.”
Women’s football has seen a huge boost in its popularity with the success of the England team at the Women’s World Cup, a third-place finish captivating the nation as the ‘Lionesses’ produced some sparkling displays in Canada.
And Teversal are seeing the benefits from that themselves with huge interest in joining their squad.
Bacon said: “It’s been amazing. We’ve had lots come to training who have seen the World Cup and want to give it a try, even if they’re not expecting to get on the pitch.
“One or two clubs have folded locally too so we’ve also had interest from players who have suddenly become available for that reason.
“The interest generally has definitely risen though and we’re hoping we’ll get some good attendances to our games as a result too.”
Teversal’s first friendly will be at home to Hasland this Sunday (12th). They will then play a tournament in Leicester and also host Mansfield Town Ladies before the new season is scheduled to begin with a midweek fixture on August 12.
Angela added: “Dawn and I are really excited by the challenge. I’ve played here for a while and have been teammates with most of the players who have stayed with us so have become friends with them too, which is important when part of a team.”
During pre-season, training will take place at noon on Sundays and anyone wishing to find out more can call Angela Bacon on 07415 826701.