Community spirit helps Blackburn Community Sports Club Ladies shine

Blackburn Community Sports Club Ladies who won promotion for the third time

Blackburn Community Sports Club Ladies who won promotion for the third time

First published in Sport

THE only way is up for Blackburn Community Sports Club Ladies after securing their third promotion in four years – and the latest was the best of the lot.

The talented team were crowned North West Counties Women’s League Division One North champions without losing a single game.

BCSC finished another hugely successful campaign with a record of played 20, won 18 and drawn two – scoring 120 goals along the way and conceding just 14 in a memorable campaign.

Sarah Walker finished the season as the ;league’s leading scorer.

It was a remarkable achievement for a team that was only formed five years ago.

After finishing runners-up in their inaugural season in Lancashire FA Division Two, the team gained back-to-back promotions from LFA Division Two and then LFA Division One.

The Lammack-based club narrowly missed out on a third straight promotion from North West Counties Women’s League Division One North – finishing runners-up in the 2012/13 season – but more than made up for it last term with an all-conquering display.

Now Blackburn Community Sports Club Ladies is looking to build to the future with the ultimate of having a team full of ‘home grown’ talent.

“It was a fantastic season for the girls and to go through the whole season undefeated made it all the more special,” said manager Ian Jones.

“The team are getting used to promotions now but they have worked hard for it over the last couple of the years.”

The club, which has more than 150 girls playing football at different age levels, is already planning for the future with news that it is to launch a development team which will feed the first team squad.

“The whole aim of the development team is to have that link between the junior section and the first team and get a flow of players progressing through the club,” added Jones. “There is a big drop out from girls at around the 14 or 15-year-old age mark, players who probably don’t think they are good enough to go straight in to our first team.

“So the aim is to set up development team which would give them the chance to continue to play football and then step up to the first team if they were good enough.”

BCSC are now looking to secure their place in North West Counties Premier Division but Jones is not ruling out another push for promotion.

“The first aim is consolidation but we want to be in a position that if promotion was a chance we wanted to be able to take it. That means hitting the ground running and see what happens. A couple of seasons ago, we had a poor start and were playing catch-up and just missed out on going on up, we don’t what that to happen.”

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