Beckenham Angels making a flying start to 2015

image11The Beckenham Angels female soccer club is running competitive trials for its senior teams in January, followed by a skills clinic in February open to all junior girls and featuring current and former Perth Glory Women’s team players from the club.

The premier womens and girls’-only soccer club in Perth’s south east is holding annual trials for players aged 17 upwards on Tuesday 20 January on the football oval at Lumen Christi College, 81 Station Street, Martin from 6.30 to 8pm. In 2015, the club is aiming to have senior teams in the State League Premier Division and the Metropolitan League. For further details about the trials and senior soccer at Beckenham, contact Jason Washington-King on 0401 288 877.

The junior skills clinic, which is open to girls aged 11 to 17 will take place on Saturday 14 February at the same venue, with a fun match for the girls to attend on the following Saturday. Further information about the clinic and the club’s successful junior program is available from Janice Inkster on 0424 429 377. Trials for the 2015 junior teams will take place on Tuesday 3 March from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

Beckenham Angels had a stellar season in 2014, with its established State Premier Division teams finishing third in the main competition and first in the reserves. The new juniors program flew equally as high, with the U13 team finishing runner-up and the U15s team winning their division/divisional cup, while the club’s newly established Metropolitan Division 1 senior team competed strongly over the season.

In other successes for Beckenham Angels’ players, Shannon May and Katarina Jukic were again selected in the Perth Glory Women’s squad, while Caitlyn Broomehead and Emma Leaning played for WA in the national State Schoolgirls championship.

“Our 2014 junior teams were coached by women players who played at Premier Division level, and we aim to continue this approach in 2015. This is the big difference at Beckenham compared to most other clubs who have junior girls’ teams – the girls are coached by young women who have great skills and that the players can identify with,” said Jason Washington-King, head coach of the Beckenham Angels.

“Our ultimate goal at Beckenham is to see the club run by women who have played and love the game – and who want to pass their passion onto younger females.”

“Most of our juniors had never played soccer seriously before coming to Beckenham and developed very quickly thanks to the excellent coaching and support they received. Three of our 2014 junior players have already been invited to join Football West’s elite National Training Centre program.”

Photo: Beckenham Angels victorious 2014 U15s team, with their coaches Andrea Preiato and Lindsey Kenyon (at left).