Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:40PM BST, Monday, 02 April 2012
Eight of our successful Under 17 Female Development Squad have just signed senior forms for the Addicks
The Charlton women’s reserve team manager Bill Long hopes the signing of eight Under 17 players will give them “really good experience” of senior football.
Kylie Manktelow, Charlotte Long, Megan Mulholland, Gemma Hyland, Charlotte Wakefield, Sophie Davis, Holly Learmouth and Issy Hunter have all signed senior forms and will hope to follow the likes of Fliss Gibbons, Kit Graham and Courteney Gibson in making an impact in the senior teams.
Already this season Mia Sellar, Jade Keogh, Alice Singyard, Emily Symonds and Alex Baker have established themselves at Reserve team level although still eligible to play at Under 17 level.
Manager Long will be hoping to give them a chance in the reserves sooner or later and believes it is an important step in their footballing development.
He said: “It just gives the youngsters the opportunity to feel like they are a part of the club and see the senior sides are not a million miles away.
“We are a club that will promote from within so it is good to bring some more of the sixteen and seventeen year old girls through.
“We will try to give them some opportunities this season, if not they can come in pre-season and do a bit with the reserves, which will be good for them.
“Hopefully, with all of them, it will raise their confidence levels and make them feel better players. They are coming in, going to be amongst some of the senior players and it will be really good experience.”
"There are other players in the Under 17 squad who will turn 16 in the coming months who I also expect to sign at senior level but were too young to sign at the March cut-off date for registrations"