Clydebank is set to launch their first ever woman’s football team next week with the backing of club chair.

The founder, 21-year-old Caitlyn Kane approached Clydebank FC with her idea of a ladies’ team to plug a gap in women’s football in the area.

Caitlyn told the Post: “I was the kid in primary school that annoyed the boys at football because I always wanted to do that instead of baking – even though I couldn’t kick a ball.

“I have always wanted to start a team locally for the girls and myself in the community that have the same love for the sport.

“I played for a few teams at school and afterwards, but I feel like Clydebank Ladies FC is going to be the cherry on top.

“Clydebank FC is already a very well established club. We are going to be their first ladies’ team coming on board.

“I love to play football, so I got a team together of passionate women like myself wanting to play and approached Clydebank FC with the prospect of bringing us on, and it’s building from there.”

This news comes as the club’s application to become full members of the Scottish Football Association will be accepted at an AGM in July, 18 years after the club was relaunched in the junior ranks of the men’s game after the demise of the old Clydebank FC.

Caitlyn added: “It will bring a sense of woman empowerment and being part of an extended family. The club as a whole have been looking to have a ladies team for years.

“They believe football is for all genders. It will be a great opportunity to learn new skills or develop existing ones and be part of a community and team for not only physical enjoyment, but mentally as well.

“I would like to thank the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel for sponsoring our strips and the staff at the Antonine Centre for their massive support with their training grounds.”

The ladies’ team is expected to play their home games at Holm Park, just as their male counterparts do, and training began at the Antonine Centre in Duntocher on Monday.

The club’s chair Grace McGibbon has welcomed and supported the news of the new football team.

She said: “Clydebank FC are delighted to have an exciting new addition to the academy. We support diversity in the sporting community and this is an important step for the academy in welcoming them onboard.

“We would like to wish them all the very best and look forward to watching them progress in the future.”

The club will be looking for new players and new sponsors.

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