WHEN it comes to picking up tips from the top, these footballing ladies have already scored a winner!
Geoff Hurst, the hat-trick hero whose goals steered England to their greatest ever footballing glory in the 1966 World Cup, was the special guest handing the Guiseley Ladies their dapper new kit this week.
Sir Geoff, an FA ambassador, was there as part of the FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme on behalf of sponsors McDonald’s.
Speaking to the YEP during his visit, he said he was impressed by the strength of grass roots junior football across Leeds - and by the 11-team set-up at Guiseley in particular.
He said: “In the Leeds area, we have got about 55 accredited clubs and so we are going to give away around 660 kits over a period of time.
“The good thing about Guiseley is that they have got 11 girls teams, which is terrific.
“We have seen a huge difference now over the last ten years, certainly since I have been involved with McDonalds, with the number of girls and women playing football.
“It is interesting to see those increasing numbers.
“I was at the Wembley game a few weeks ago when there were 45,000 people watching the England women’s match against Germany.
“From the time I played football in the streets, there’s a huge difference now.
“It is fantastic.”
Sir Geoff said he has been involved for 12 years with community clubs across the UK.
“Previously, you certainly would not see that many girls playing or that many girls teams,” he said.
“We are now seeing a noticeable difference and the fact Guiseley have 11 teams is fantastic.
“I am a big believer in kids playing all sports to keep themselves fit and it is great to see how they are doing at Guiseley Ladies.”
Through the FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme, McDonald’s - as the FA’s community partner - has committed to providing junior teams at each of the 4,600 charter standard clubs with new kits as part of its ongoing commitment to grassroots football.