Defensive Trio Visit Soccer Camps

Children at our Summer Soccer Camps were treated to a visit from Barnsley FC and Barnsley FC Ladies players this afternoon.

Defender Ethan Pinnock was joined by Ladies captain Lucy Turner and her centre back partner Georgina Wilson.

The defensive trio took part in a Q&A session with the children before signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Ethan and Lucy then teamed up against Georgina and community coach Connor Pickles in a game of head tennis, with a participant having the chance to join each team as well.

It was Georgina’s team who came out on top but despite being on the competition’s losing side, Ethan expressed his delight at being invited along to Soccer Camps.

He said: “It’s been really good to see all of the children enjoying themselves during the summer holidays. It’s good to give a bit back and interact with them and see how they’re getting along. It’s always a big thing for the boys. It’s a community club and the boys like to try and get involved as much as we can. By visiting schools and coming to camps, it’s a chance to give something back ourselves. [Sharing the visits with Barnsley FC Ladies] unites the football club as one. They are footballers just like us so it’s good to come together and do it as a whole.”

The visit was the second time that Barnsley FC Ladies players had met up with the men’s first team at Soccer Camps, after Amy Woodruff and Rebecca Feevers joined Kenny Dougall and Zeki Fryers last Thursday.

Centre back Lucy enjoyed the experience and hoped that it can help raise the profile of the Ladies game, as well as her own team.

She said: “I really enjoyed it. It was really positive. It’s nice to see all the kids faces when you walk in. They might not necessarily know much about us but there was a few girls there who will hopefully recognise our faces now we’ve been about a bit more. It was nice to see everyone cheering and asking for our autographs, it’s something we’re not really used to. It shows the profile of the game. Women’s football is taking off and it’s starting here in Barnsley. The girls that came last week said it was a bit surreal to be involved in something like that. We want to be role models just as much as the men so it was nice to be on a level playing field in that sense.”

Barnsley Ladies’ season in the North East Regional Women’s Football League Premier Division begins on Sunday away at Chester-Le-Street Town.

After a testing campaign last time out, the Reds skipper is confident that this year will be much more positive under the guidance of manager Chris Hamilton.

“I can’t wait,” Lucy added.  “The girls are raring to go. We’ve had a good test throughout pre-season. We’ve had a few new signings and a few new coaches come in. I think it’s a completely new Barnsley Ladies which is probably what everyone needed from last year. It’s a fresh start and I think people in the league might be surprised by how good and how positive our team actually is this year.”

The final week of Soccer Camps begins on Tuesday, with another player visit already scheduled to finish off a great Summer of football in the indoor centre.

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