Mother and daughter Wendy and Kayleigh Buck have shared a passion for football for years, but it’s only until recently where they could share their passion together, thanks to PNE Community.
It’s all part of the Community and Education trust delivering on its aim to increase sports participation in football. This year, we brought 360 girls in football alone.
After finding out about the PNE women’s futsal session through a friend, both Wendy and Kayleigh decided to ‘give it a go’; a year on, they’ve been coming to the sessions held every Tuesday ever since.
“For me, I really wanted to play football again,” said Wendy on her motives of coming to the weekly sessions at PNE’s Community Training Centre.
“I use to play 11-a-side but I just didn’t have time anymore. I hadn’t played it for about five years and I was really missing it.
“This was a great opportunity for me to play football again and keep fit. I use to play football with lots of players who come to the session now. We had a real strong bond as a team so it’s nice to play football with them again.”
As well as rekindling old relationships, it’s also a way for Wendy to continue the strong bond between her and her daughter, as Kayleigh herself explains.
“Me and my mum have a very special relationship,” said Kayleigh, who is also a qualified referee. “Say we’ve been arguing before we go play futsal, when we play it, we forget all about it.
“We’re really supportive of each other and we have a good laugh when we’re playing. If she scores, she’ll go on about it all week!
“I use to play competitively, but for me, I only want to play football for fun. I use to play for a team before I stopped but these sessions helped me get back into it.”
In partnership with the Female Football Development Programme which is funded by the EFL, Preston North End is dedicated to increasing participation figures of women and girls playing in the local area.
As part of this, Mel Brown, Women and Girls Football Development Officer at Preston North End hosts sessions like this to provide females an opportunity they wouldn’t usually have.
“I wouldn’t have played football again if it hadn’t been for this,” added Wendy. “Mel’s been great in not only providing us with these opportunities and giving us encouragement, but for also organising things such as a Christmas do which was really good fun.
“I really missed playing football so it’s great to have that opportunity to kick a ball and score a goal. No matter what age and level you are, there’s no better feeling than scoring a goal!”
For more information, on the opportunities for females at Preston North End, contact Mel Brown on 01772 693309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.