Nought to 90 in 90 days

Boston United logo and stadium sign. Photo credit – Ceara Best

The gender divide in sport remains one of the big societal issues but in Boston they have seen a massive surge in the number of women playing sport in a short space of time.

The Boston United Community Foundation has managed to recruit 90 female football players in just three months.

The Foundation was established in September 2004 as a top sports community coaching programme. It aims to deliver safe and affordable sports and activities to all members of the community.

Nick Reeson, community manager for the foundation, who is incredibly proud of the work that they do said: “We have a lot of activities that appeal to male and females.

“Now we are getting a lot more females accessing the system.

“We went from having no female players to having 90-plus players in just three months.

“There was obviously a need their for such a team, the numbers show that and they came to us.”

“The ladies team have just had back-to-back promotions, and they are now going to be in the East Midlands Premier League next year.”

The not-for-profit organisation runs alongside Boston United Football Club, who give the foundation access to their facilities at the Jakeman’s stadium.

With coaching available to teams from under 9 to under 16 the foundation offers a variety of pathways and opportunities for girls of all ages to get involved.

Boston United football pitch. Photo credit – Ceara Best

One of their main aims of the foundation is to include all areas and people of the community and branch out to other leisure facilities around South Lincolnshire to reach and allow as many people as possible to become involved.

“We use the power of sport to address local needs.”

The foundation uses its aim of inclusion to reach out to all ethnicities and genders to join in something that can be enjoyed as a hobby or a serious activity.

Foundations like this send positive messages, promoting inclusion in smaller areas but on a wide scale.

They are continually working to develop new and more innovative projects, which allow more people to access and enjoy what they do.