Beal Homes backs booming girls’ football club inspired by Lionesses

Beal Homes Sales Coordinator Harriet Walker with Chanterlands Girls Football Club players, from left, Evelyn Moult, Lilly Halliday, Rania Bilbas and Willow Gilligan. The housebuilder has become the fast-growing club’s training kit sponsor.

Family-owned housebuilder Beal Homes is backing a new girls football club founded to give opportunities to young players inspired by England’s Lionesses.

Chanterlands Girls Football Club in Hull has grown from six to 60 players, aged between four and 11, in just six months and the club is entering six teams into the East Riding Girls Football League from the start of the season next month.

Now, East Yorkshire-based Beal Homes has become the club’s main training kit sponsor in the latest example of the housebuilder backing grassroots sports teams and good causes in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

The kit, which will also be used as the team’s away strip when required, was designed by seven-year-old player Iris Fletcher. Her pink and purple design was selected by the club after team members were encouraged to create their own kit.

The rapid growth of the Chanterlands Girls team is a prime example of the boom in interest and participation in girls’ and women’s football inspired by the England national team. Having won the European Championship last year, the Lionesses came close to the ultimate success in losing to Spain by a single goal in the World Cup Final on Sunday.

Chanterlands Girls Football Club Secretary Adam Leaming said: “We’re seeing a massive spike in girls’ football, following the Euros and now the Lionesses getting to the World Cup Final will take it to another level.

“We’re receiving messages about girls joining the club every day. Our girls are really inspired by the Lionesses and they’ve been following their games in the World Cup.

“We’re so grateful to Beal Homes for their sponsorship of the club, which is helping to give dozens of girls a platform to pursue their hobby.”

Beal Sales Coordinator Harriet Walker said: “We’re proud to sponsor the Chanterlands Girls Football Club kit and support the players during their first season in the league.

“It’s such an exciting time for girls’ and women’s football and it’s fantastic to see so many youngsters taking an interest in sport and physical activity.”

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