I visited Canford Sports Park to discuss AFC Bournemouth ladies’ recent and instant success, I talked to Paula Taylor, the coach and player for the team:
AFC Bournemouth Ladies won the Hampshire division three title last year, and are currently three points off top with three games in hand, are you eyeing up that division two title already?
Yeah we are, I don’t think we’ve dropped it from last year, and to be fair from our first year we won the cup, that the league winners were supposed to win and we beat them out of that, the second time we won the double and got knocked out of the semi-finals that would have given us the triple. This year we’re going to push ourselves even more, and go for the triple; we still have the two cups and the league all in-hand, so that what we’re pushing ourselves for. We see it don’t worry! All the girls are focused and they see it!
With AFC Bournemouth men’s success and AFC Bournemouth ladies’ instant success, do you think Hampshire has been put on the footballing map?
Yeah definitely, a few girls from Hampshire have gone up to Chelsea and are playing first team, but what we’d like to see is some of these girls (AFC Bournemouth ladies) progressing all the way, and we’re getting there slowly. Everything is like a family feeling, we’ve got so many girls involved, coming through the ranks and the men’s getting involved too, and with their success everyone wants to be part of AFC Bournemouth.