Tours

LEICESTER’S LADIES MATCH THE ELITE IN SOFIA
On Thursday May 24th, Leicester City Ladies FC, England’s oldest ladies team age 52 years, travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city, to compete in 3 exhibition football matches. They also travelled to forge links with female football in Haskovo, Leicester’s twin city. The trip was a resounding success.

Supported by guest players from Loughborough Foxes, Leicester City Ladies first match was against Istatov from Macedonia, a team who had competed in the Champion’s League last season. City won 4-0 impressing the crowd with stylish football. Sunday was always going to be tough in the high temperatures as Leicester hosted a young team from Haskovo first, then played a full 90 minutes against LP Supersports of Sofia. Leicester played with quality again but were narrowly defeated 2-1. Finally, City Ladies travelled to the University’s Sports ground to play NSA National Sports Academy, a team loaded with Bulgarian internationals. After another classy performance, the 90 minutes finished 2-2.

The event proved that grassroots football is very much alive and kicking in Leicestershire. At a time when the money has spiralled at the top of the women’s game to support the elite, Leicester City Ladies have proved there are other pathways to playing prestige matches at a high level

NSA v LCLFC
Many new friends have been made for the City of Leicester. The matches, supported by Sofia’s Board of Commerce, were streamed on the media channels with many hits. Linking with British Embassy, the Leicester City Ladies coach, Mark Dalby, supported by the players, ran coaching sessions for young school pupils of both genders, from the Sofia area. The children were thrilled. The games were well supported with new Leicester City fans being made at each match. Last, but most important, Leicester football, through CLETA who also supported the trip, now have new contacts in the town of Haskova; establishing links for the future.
Haskovo
Safely back home, Leicester City Ladies look forward to their next international challenge with AS Musau, Strasbourg visiting for the 19th year of this exchange in August. The club, who already with a strong junior section, are running girls’ football camps in the summer, are an approved Wildcats Centre and deliver in schools across the city and county.
The future looks strong. Here’s to the next 50 years.