Barking Abbey Academy are keen to add more girls ahead of new season

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 June 2018

Last season's Barking Abbey Girls Academy team (Pic: Keith Boanas)

Last season's Barking Abbey Girls Academy team (Pic: Keith Boanas)


Barking Abbey girls’ football academy are keen to recruit a handful more players after linking up with West Ham United for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Abbey will be running two year 11 teams this campaign as they will once again be competiting in the school competitions, where they sealed the treble last season, winning ESFA under-18 National Schools Championship, ECFA Prem Elite league Region Three and the ECFA National Premier Elite Cup.

And the Academy will also be acting as the academy set-up for West Ham Ladies after it was confirmed they will be playing in the WSL next season.

Head of the girls’ football academy Keith Boanas said: “For West Ham to be a part of that league they must be connected with an academy.

“We are local to them and have an academy so the partnership made sense, so we will be having two teams next season.

“One of the teams will be playing in the WSL Academy League on a Wednesday night and will be wearing the West Ham kit to represent them.”

Boanas admitted they are eager to recruit more youngsters to fill their two sides for the coming season with the strong performers getting their chance in the Academy league.

“We need a few more girls – at least four to six to round our squads up,” he added.

“Especially a few goalkeepers as there seems to be real shortage of them in the women’s game.

“If you’re even half interested have a think as we preferably want local girls who want to play the game and push on.”

Boanas also believes it is a great opportunity for any bright young footballing talent to get on board due to the opportunities it could provide.

“Running with two teams just means great opportunity,” Boanas admitted.

“With this partnership it will give the girls a chance to play against the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.

“It is also an opportunity for them to break into the game over here or even get a scholarship in this country without having to go to America.

“We already get lots of girls over to America.”

If you want a chance of playing for the treble-winning side and potentially in the WSL Academy you can email

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