Progress on and off the pitch for ladies

Portadown Integrated Ladies have enjoyed a superb season.
Portadown Integrated Ladies have enjoyed a superb season.

Portadown Integrated Ladies can reflect on a season to remember plus look forward to a bright future.

The Ports-affiliated players secured promotion from South 1 Division into the Championship, plus gained international recognition.

A commitment to youth development has helped establish foundations for the next generation and club life remains on the up entering the winter break.

“Normally at this time of the year things drop down a bit but interest remains as high as ever,” said Cathy McCormick, the club secretary. “Gaining promotion marks another big step forward for the club and next season is shaping up to be really exciting.

“Lauren Currie was selected for Northern Ireland and we also had Lana Black, Aisling McKenna and Aine Hoye called up to train with the international squad.

“Lana was also promoted into the senior panel for the match against the Republic of Ireland.

“In terms of individual honours, Aisling was the leading goalscorer across South 1 Division and Lana is in line for the ‘Player of the Year’ award.

“It has been a fantastic season across the Northern Ireland Women’s Football Association.

“Our successful ‘Get Active And Try Football’ programme took place across eight weeks at Annagh United’s ground.

“We have entered an under 11s and under 13s into the Mid-Ulster Games Development Centre Winter Leagues.

“The under 17s will join the NIWFA Winter League.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can contact the club via our Facebook page, Dave Marsden, Ruth Flavelle or Emma Hamill.

“We have a great relationship with kit sponsors High Street Mall and Unison, plus other backers and general supporters,” said McCormick. “That support off the pitch means so much and it is great to have the club moving forward across so many areas.

“There is certainly greater public awareness and social media has been a great tool, with Facebook and Twitter important plus the support from Portadown Football Club.

“The youth sessions for 6-14 year olds were also really successful.”