CLYDEBANK FC's women's team is leading the way in promoting the game amongst young girls locally.

The club's academy launched a class last month after applying for SFA funding through the KDM Group Soccer Centres Programme.

The money provided means the academy can operate a weekly one-hour football session, free of charge to participants, up until the 2024 school summer holidays.

And head of academy operations Darren McEwan opened up on the positive reaction to the program.

"The response to our first girls-only footballing activity has been great," he said.

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"After three weeks of operating we are up to around 28 girls signed up.

"The enthusiasm the girls have shown has been very encouraging and we are optimistic that this might be the start of the academy offering a girls pathway into the SWFL Ladies first team that mirrors the success we have had in establishing the boys' pathway to the senior men's team.

"We had very similar success with the McDonald's Fun Football Programme in 2023 which evolved over time into the mini-kickers sessions on a Saturday at Clydebank High School and the remarkable success that program has had in setting up new teams.

"All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support and enthusiasm the ladies first team have shown to the project."