Spotlight on Alice

The very talented Director Miles Langley came down to join us this week to profile Alice Manu. Alice joined us two years ago, first as a player and then soon as a coach, running a team at our sister Club, Limehouse Laces and project managing our work in Hackney. The ambition and drive Alice has is immense. Whilst we’re sad to say goodbye when she heads off in a few weeks to America, we couldn’t be prouder.

Thank you Miles and Philippa for telling Alice’s story in such a beautiful way. Big laces love x

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Trapstar Goals Tournament

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In April we were invited to take part in Trapster Goals, a tournament of eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams in West London. We thought we’d take a punt and pull a squad together. And we’re so glad we did. The sun was shining, the pitch at Westway Sports Centre was quality and an amazing effort was put in by our girls despite not having any subs and many players carrying injuries.

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Laces and This Girl Can

When we saw the This Girl Can campaign launch in early January, we were completely inspired. A public service campaign aimed to get more women active – what’s not to love? Fast forward to March when we found out that we were selected as one of This Girl Can and London Sport’s delivery partner for London. We are honoured to have been chosen and to be able to help spread the word.

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New Session: Kings Hall Leisure Centre

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We are really excited to be working with Better, For the Girls, running an indoor football session at King’s Hall Leisure Centre. But this isn’t your typical football session. Expect small-sided matches, fitness activities, quirky games and most important: lots of fun.

The session takes place every Wednesday evening from 6–7pm. We welcome any females to come along, regardless of ability. For more information, email forthegirls@gll.org.

Hope to see you there!

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A Part of History

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Today we were fortunate enough to witness history. For the first time, England Women’s team were able to play at Wembley stadium.

This momentous occasion welcomed a crowd of 55,000 fans and was shown on the BBC for viewers at home. It’s inspiring to see a shift in support for women’s football and we were so happy our players were able to be there. Here’s to many more matches for women in the best facilities with the next generation of footballers watching on.

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Thank You Katee

Today we say goodbye to our founder, friend and football genius Katee Hui, who will coach the Laces for the last time.

Katee set up Hackney Laces in 2011 after her growing frustration at the lack of opportunities for young girls to play football. Now, over 100 girls have benefited from her coaching, as well as her determination to provide them with as many opportunities as possible.

Over the past three years, Hackney Laces has transformed from just a handful girls turning up for training, to the formidable unit that we are today. The club may have grown massively in both player numbers and coaching staff, but Katee remains well and truly the matriarch. From remembering the name of every single girl who has ever turned up for training, to spending all of her free time hunting for funding of further opportunities for the girls; Katee lives and breathes Hackney Laces. Everybody involved in the club recognises how passionate, driven and caring she is, and all appreciate all her efforts and achievements.

Without Katee, we would not have enjoyed many of the special moments we have experienced as a club. We would not have felt the joy of winning games together, and the pain of losing. We would not have had the excitement of TV appearances, newspaper articles and competition wins. We would not have gone on an adventure to Barcelona. But most importantly, we would not have made many of the special friendships that have been formed at the club.

Katee is more than a coach, but a leader, a friend and an inspiration. We will miss her in so many ways. The club will go on (with plenty of input from Katee, no matter where she is in the world) and will continue the ethos and hard-work that Katee has so lovingly instilled.

Good luck Katee in your new adventure. We are so proud and grateful for everything you have achieved. Thank you for persevering with your vision, and getting so many other people to see it too. We will miss your friendly face, your great advice, and your infectious enthusiasm. We will miss you running back to cover defence when nobody else has any legs left. We will miss your friendship and loyalty. We will miss you more than you will ever know.

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