Actonians Ladies is a club playing their football in the London Borough of Ealing, having been formed in 1998 as Chiswick United, a time at which they were just one single team, has seen them spend the following 22 years evolving and growing into the club they are today. The club began operating as Actonians in 2008 after a spell of playing under the name of Acton Sports Club between 2005 up to what has so far proved to be their final name change.
Not only has the name changed on a number of a occasions but so has the football offering they can provide to female players in their local community. The club have grown from a solitary team to 3 senior teams and 8 junior teams playing under the Actonians Girls name with ages ranging from u9’s up to u17’s where they can continue their development with the aptly named Actonians Ladies Development.
The club also work hard to provide opportunities to women & girls who are new to the game operating as both a Wildcats and Snickers Just Play centre, offering a variety of casual football sessions to help get more players involved with the game.
With the introduction of their successful Wildcats Centre, it now means the club has a complete pathway from a 5-year-old girl taking her first steps in the game up to their first team playing in the Women’s National League which is Tier 4 of the Women’s Football Pyramid. The club are currently looking at how they can extend this pathway beyond the First Team as they are currently working towards the introduction of Women’s Vets team ahead of the new season!
Talking about the clubs ambitions and role within their community, Club Secretary Linda Fox said: "Our aim is to provide for football for all females, of all ages and at a suitable level for them, be it through our casual Just Play sessions or at the highly competitive National League level where our 1st team plays. We hope that the young girls that start their journey with us will stay and progress through the age groups and into our senior teams. By focusing on development and enjoyment in the junior section we hope to instil a love for the game that will hopefully be life long and contribute some great memories along the way. We aim to keep growing the club in the years to come and keep improving the standard for our senior teams, both on and off the pitch."
On what being an FA Charter Standard Club means to them, Linda said: “It means that we can ensure that we offer a safe environment for our players with suitably qualified coaches and volunteers. It also motivates us to keep improving in all aspects as a club.”
Linda also spoke about what winning this award would mean to the club, saying: “It means a lot to be recognised for the work that we do, it’s a great accolade for the club but what it really does is highlight the fantastic work that our talented and dedicated coaches and volunteers across the club do week in week out.”
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