U17's - Rosie Paye, Emily Symonds, Chloe Shields, Charlotte Long, Megan Mulholland
Under 17's talk about their great season
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:50PM UTC, Wednesday, 06 June 2012
After the Charlton women’s team saw their application for a Centre of Excellence licence turned down a year ago, their under 17 side were left to reflect on a successful 2011/12 season.
Despite the loss of a number of players from last term, an Elite Development Centre was created and the Addicks played a programme of friendly matches, culminating with a showcase match at the end of the season.
Charlotte Long was one of those who left at the beginning of the season but returned halfway through to help bring success to the side.
Charlotte said: “I left to go to a centre of excellence but soon realised just how good Charlton’s set-up was.
“[Coming back] was probably the best thing I could have done because it brought new girls into the club and I realised that this is the place to be.”
The central midfielder captained the team to their 3-1 Female Development Programme showcase victory over Coventry City having already made the breakthrough into the reserve side, where she impressed in the narrow 2-0 Kent Cup loss to Gillingham.
On the showcase game, she added: “We battled hard, it was great to win because we have a great team spirit, we work hard for each other and we deserved the win because we were the better team.
"We could have had a few more goals had we taken our chances but a win is a win. It was an honour to get the trophy and captain such a great side.”
Chloe Shields was one of the players who has had a full season with Charlton, and was rewarded for her outstanding form with the Manager’s Player of the Year award.
She said: “We got off to a rocky start but we kept at it, Bill came back and a lot more of the new girls came in and we got stronger and became a better team. We only lost once during the whole season”.
Players’ Player of the Year Rosie Paye also joined halfway through the season and added: “I think it was a really good move for me to join Charlton. It was brilliant to play for Charlton at a proper stadium and win a trophy in my first season”