Established in 2020, Pilkington Lilies is the girls’ section of the football club and currently offers weekly coaching and fun sessions for girls aged 5-11. We have been running taster sessions for local girls since the start of the 2019/20 season and aim to launch our first girls’ teams from the start of the 2020/21 season.
As part of our Pilkington Lilies section, we run two Wildcats Centres at our impressive facilities at our Ruskin Sports Village home, where all of our Lilies’ sessions and matches take place on the excellent 3G playing surfaces. Further information about The FA’s Wildcats girls’ football centres can be found here.
Our aim is to provide the young females of St Helens with the opportunity to learn and enjoy their football in the right way and, above all, to have huge amounts of fun in a safe environment.
Pilkington Lilies’ coaching sessions take place every Monday 5-6pm and Saturday 10.20-11.20am. To find out more or to register, please email our Community Coach Nick Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/WhatsApp 07738 959903.
Fun, friends and football
It’s great being a Pilkington Lily
You’re part of an all-girls’ team, you learn how to play football, and you having lots of fun doing it.
Here are five reasons why you’ll love it at Pilks:
- You make lots of new friends
Pilkington Lilies is a great place to meet new people. You might go to different schools or live in different areas, but you have so much fun together that you soon become best friends.
- It’s brilliant fun
You don’t need to worry about not being able to score goals or how fast you can run. As you start your football journey it isn’t about competition, it’s about having a good time. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never kicked a ball before or you’ve been playing for a while, everyone’s welcome.
There are different games and drills to try with balls, hoops, cones and sometimes music. Every session is different but they all have one thing in common – fun!
3.You learn new football skills
Every week at Pilks Lilies you learn more about playing football. You practise skills like dribbling a ball, get to try out being goalkeeper and learn about scoring goals.
If you want to get even better at football, you can practise your new skills at home or school by playing with your friends and family. You might be able to teach them a few new tricks!
- You get fitter and stronger
Playing football helps you stay fit and healthy. Exercising gives you stronger bones, stronger muscles, a stronger heart and lots of energy! This means you can run around on the pitch for even longer without getting tired and because you’re fit, you’re less likely to get ill too.
- You even do better at school
As well as being good for your muscles, exercise is really good for your brain. If you’re fit and healthy you can concentrate for longer, so you’ll be able to listen and learn more in your classes at school.
Exercise can improve your memory too so if you’re trying to remember your times tables or the date of your friend’s birthday, playing football might help!
The Pilkington Lilies are named after St Helens-born legend, Lily Parr, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever women’s football players, and the first female inductee into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2002 and the first female footballer to be commemorated with a statue in 2019.
Further information about Lily Parr can be found here.