With the Women’s World Cup ending last Sunday, one Midlothian club is hoping the renewed interest in the ladies’ game will see it continue to grow.
Bonnyrigg Rose Girls Football Club was founded in 2009 and now has five teams from ages eight to 17.
The club’s secretary Vicky Laing (40) revealed how quickly the club has grown in its short existence.
She said: “Girls’ football has definitely become more popular. When I first got involved with the club four years ago we had 11 girls.
“We have now got 70 girls at all age groups, from under nines to under 17s.
“I think it’s down to the fact that the girls have told their friends how much they enjoyed it and so they come along too.
“A few of them have been talking about the World Cup. It’s just a shame most of the games were on so late at night.
“When I was at school we never got any football, it was always netball.
Vicky was quick to thank the Bonnyrigg Girls’ sponsors for this season, which is currently on a break for a month.
She said: “Their support is much appreciated. If it wasn’t for people like that we wouldn’t be where we are.
“The girls have stopped playing just now. They start again in August, with the season ending in November.
“Training is still on just now though.
“All our teams are sitting around mid-table so doing not bad.”
The under-15 and under-17 teams train on Mondays and Wednesdays at Lasswade Centre, 6-7.30pm. Cost is £25 per month. The under-11s and under-13s train on Wednesdays at Poltonhall astro, 6-7.30pm. £20 a month.
The under-9s train on Thursdays at Poltonhall astro, 6-7pm. £10 a month.
For more information see www.bonnyriggrosegirlsfc.org.uk or call 07824 443 758