I am really pleased with how the programme developed last year and I am excited to see it expand even more for next season.Kerys Harrop
Off the field, it was an equally impressive year for the Sister Club programme.
More than 25 grassroots clubs and schools from across the Midlands enjoyed a season of benefits from their affiliation with Blues.
Blues’ Club Captain and Sister Club Programme Officer, Kerys Harrop welcomed eight new clubs to the partnership, bringing the total to a record high number.
The programme accounts for a third of Blues Women attendances and allows Sister Clubs members to get closer to their role models with half-time relays, penalty shootouts, keepy-uppy challenges, VIP hospitality experiences and post-match signing sessions.
Last season Sister Clubs were able to meet their heroines in two behind the scenes open training sessions held at the Club’s official training ground. After watching the first-team train, the aspiring footballers had a Q&A with Blues’ players Kerys Harrop, Aoife Mannion, Ellen White and Paige Williams.
2018/19 also saw Blues host our biggest ever Sister Club tournament; teaming up with Aston Villa Sister Clubs to allow 35 grassroots teams to compete in a bid to be crowned Sister Club champion. Blues Loyalty partner, Rush UK were in attendance with their inflatable football darts and the chance to win a free bounce session.
To round off a memorable day, there was a raffle with more than £200 raised for Blues’ charity partner, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid. Prizes included Kerys’ England shirts and Ellen White’s boots.
We caught up with Kerys who reflected on a great year for Sister Clubs:
"I am really pleased with how the programme developed last year and I am excited to see it expand even more for next season. I have already been contacted by new grassroots clubs that want to be a part of the Sister Club programme.
“For me, it is fantastic to see how many grassroots clubs want to get involved, as it shows how much these clubs care about providing amazing opportunities for their girls. The programme is going to get even better and I am excited for all of the young aspiring footballers that will benefit from the new experiences next season".
Applications for next season are now open. Please contact Kerys Harrop firstname.lastname@example.org.