Wargrave Women and Girls Football Club started life in 2000 when a teacher from the local Junior School took a handful of girls for football training on a Saturday morning as they were not allowed to join in with the boys! These 4 or 5 girls loved their football and played in some local tournaments over the next few years.
The Club really started to take shape when some of the parents began to get involved along with their daughters and gradually the Club was able to field a 7 a side team in the girls’ league. As word spread so the Club increased in popularity and by 2009 there were 4 teams playing competitive football.
From 2009 onwards things really began to take an upward spiral. Over the following 6 years membership of the Club has increased to over 300 girls, with 15 teams playing competitively in 7, 9 and 11 a side formats and an age range from under 7 through to Women. There is a flourishing Academy with over 30 girls taking up the beautiful game. To ensure things run smoothly on the field, the Club has 40 qualified coaches spread across the age range.
As well as winning several trophies over the years and an FA Respect Award, there have been some notable achievements in recent years off the field as well:
- In 2013 The Rt Hon Theresa May MP became the Club President.
- In 2013 the Club invested in new pitches at Kings Field, next to the Club’s home at the Recreation Ground, Wargrave. These were officially opened by Theresa May in 2014
- In 2014 the Club initiated a new 3G training facility at The Piggott School in Wargrave and invested financially in the project. This opened in 2015.
- In 2017 The summer Tournament started running on an annual basis
- In 2018 More pitches are added to the Kings Field and additional parking created by the Tennis Courts
- In 2019 The Queens Award for Voluntary Service is given to the club.
Wargrave Girls Football Club is committed to a nurturing philosophy which encourages girls to form friendships on and off the field and enables players to develop their skills in a warm and caring environment. This perhaps is the underlying reason for the Club’s enduring success.