Footballing Newport girl can keep playing in mixed side

Footballing Newport girl can keep playing in mixed side

Megan Lewis aged 11, from St Julians has been told she can no longer play on mixed football team when she turns 12 (6855472)

Megan Lewis aged 11, from St Julians has been told she can no longer play on mixed football team when she turns 12 (6855496)

Megan Lewis aged 11, from St Julians has been told she can no longer play on mixed football team when she turns 12 (6855507)

First published in Gwent news

A NEWPORT footballer, who was threatened with having to leave her team because she is a girl, has been assured she can continue to play.

Megan Lewis, 11, from Richmond Road, plays for the Riverside Rovers under 11s and would like to stay with her club for next season.

But the Wales Football Association rules state that after the age of 12, boys and girls cannot play together unless there is no junior league available.

Now, the Gwent Football Association has confirmed the 11-year-old centre midfielder will be able to play as there is a lack of provision.

Gwent county FA secretary Alan Watkins said: “As far as we’re concerned we haven’t got a girls’ league in Gwent. Because there’s no league, young girls can play up to the age of 16.

“I’ve written to the secretary of the Newport League to say they must register girls up to the age of 16.”

Both England and Scotland allow girls to play on mixed teams until 15.

The Argus reported yesterday how Megan started an online petition asking the FAW to amend the law for Welsh players.

Mr Watkins said: “If it’s the case in England, it should be here too. We’ve all got to be singing from the same song sheet.”

There are currently two girls teams in Newport – Maesglas Amazons and Villo Dino. At the moment the most local league is the South Wales Girls League, which is affiliated to the South Wales FA. Gwent girls’ teams are allowed to play in this league, as there is no provision under the Gwent County FA, which according to Mr Watkins is because girls football in Gwent is too small.

Megan and her family have said they will continue with their petition. Her mother, Sian Pretty, said: “We want for these girls to have the same rights as the girls in England.”

Andrew Howard of FAW, told the Argus: “As there are girls-only teams at that stage, she should play on a girls team. It’s very much to grow the women’s game.”

But the rules surrounding mixed football are under review by the FAW.

Described by her coach as his “best player”, the young footballer’s main reason for wanting to stay with her club for now was simply: “because all my friends are there.”

Her online petition can be found here:

www.ipetitions.com/petition/raise-the-age-for-mixed-sex-football-teams-in

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10:30am Sat 7 Jun 14

keithbob says...

good result for her and other girl players in wales.my grandaughter plays for vill dino an all girls team,but they dont need changing rooms as most parents or grandparent pick them up straight after the game.
good result for her and other girl players in wales.my grandaughter plays for vill dino an all girls team,but they dont need changing rooms as most parents or grandparent pick them up straight after the game. keithbob
  • Score: 3

10:59am Sat 7 Jun 14

varteg1 says...

This is a Pyrrhic victory, and will only be worth the winning if when I see a female running out at Wembley alongside her male team mates in an FA cup final after proceeding through the league and cup competitions.

I expect a response that women cannot compete with their male counterparts in sorting events. That may be true, but as almost every aspect of life in this modern UK has been dumbed down to fit the feminine agenda, I see it possible so will soccer in days to come.

Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play.
This is a Pyrrhic victory, and will only be worth the winning if when I see a female running out at Wembley alongside her male team mates in an FA cup final after proceeding through the league and cup competitions. I expect a response that women cannot compete with their male counterparts in sorting events. That may be true, but as almost every aspect of life in this modern UK has been dumbed down to fit the feminine agenda, I see it possible so will soccer in days to come. Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play. varteg1
  • Score: -8

12:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

keithbob says...

Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play.


well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6.
they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them.
the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day!
Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play. well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6. they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them. the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day! keithbob
  • Score: 4

4:57pm Sat 7 Jun 14

varteg1 says...

keithbob wrote:
Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play.


well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6.
they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them.
the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day!
The point you obviously missed is... a young girl has won the right to play with her boy peers, good for her, a sensible decision without doubt, but as women are constantly moaning they are discriminated against by being barred from engaging their male peers in almost every walk of modern life and often get decisions that overturn such barring in effect saying they ARE equal to their male counterparts, then when they can match males in sport at ALL levels, including playing for professional teams such as Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea etc, or even at .lower levels such as Tranmere, Rotherham, Newport County etc,

A victory at school boy level is hardly a victory if there is still a barrier to play besides Gerrard,Rooney, Ferdinand etc.

Saying they may reach national team level for WOMEN, does not alter the fact that full equality has NOT been achieved.

And that cuts across ALL professional sport

Stating it is necessary for women to have their own higher level in soccer, is one thing, will they accept men being picked for the English Ladies?

Of course they will not, but that is what must be accepted if full equality is to be the end result.

No half way measures. Girls either take it on the chin and get full equality, or they be realistic and accept they will never be able to play with the big boys. In which case they should stick with playing with girls.

,.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play. well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6. they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them. the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day![/p][/quote]The point you obviously missed is... a young girl has won the right to play with her boy peers, good for her, a sensible decision without doubt, but as women are constantly moaning they are discriminated against by being barred from engaging their male peers in almost every walk of modern life and often get decisions that overturn such barring in effect saying they ARE equal to their male counterparts, then when they can match males in sport at ALL levels, including playing for professional teams such as Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea etc, or even at .lower levels such as Tranmere, Rotherham, Newport County etc, A victory at school boy level is hardly a victory if there is still a barrier to play besides Gerrard,Rooney, Ferdinand etc. Saying they may reach national team level for WOMEN, does not alter the fact that full equality has NOT been achieved. And that cuts across ALL professional sport Stating it is necessary for women to have their own higher level in soccer, is one thing, will they accept men being picked for the English Ladies? Of course they will not, but that is what must be accepted if full equality is to be the end result. No half way measures. Girls either take it on the chin and get full equality, or they be realistic and accept they will never be able to play with the big boys. In which case they should stick with playing with girls. ,. varteg1
  • Score: -9

7:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

displayed says...

Gregorys Girl anyone..............
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Gregorys Girl anyone.............. .... displayed
  • Score: -1

11:02am Sun 8 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

That great news love,now put the kettle on.
That great news love,now put the kettle on. DDDog1
  • Score: -3

5:51pm Sun 8 Jun 14

varteg1 says...

varteg1 wrote:
keithbob wrote:
Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play.


well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6.
they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them.
the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day!
The point you obviously missed is... a young girl has won the right to play with her boy peers, good for her, a sensible decision without doubt, but as women are constantly moaning they are discriminated against by being barred from engaging their male peers in almost every walk of modern life and often get decisions that overturn such barring in effect saying they ARE equal to their male counterparts, then when they can match males in sport at ALL levels, including playing for professional teams such as Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea etc, or even at .lower levels such as Tranmere, Rotherham, Newport County etc,

A victory at school boy level is hardly a victory if there is still a barrier to play besides Gerrard,Rooney, Ferdinand etc.

Saying they may reach national team level for WOMEN, does not alter the fact that full equality has NOT been achieved.

And that cuts across ALL professional sport

Stating it is necessary for women to have their own higher level in soccer, is one thing, will they accept men being picked for the English Ladies?

Of course they will not, but that is what must be accepted if full equality is to be the end result.

No half way measures. Girls either take it on the chin and get full equality, or they be realistic and accept they will never be able to play with the big boys. In which case they should stick with playing with girls.

,.
It seems a lot of readers cannot comprehend the difficulty of the fact that once a certain level of physical capability has been reached nature has provided the male with a superiority that women cannot equal.
That is why, unless some sort of miraculous change comes into the equation, or some means to chemical rebalance the difference, women will never play with then big boys.

Just because some find the truth imperils their 'fight' for the equality they will never get, they show their petulance by voting against logical and rational commentary.

Tough girls, stick with what you are capable of, ........playing with girls.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play. well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6. they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them. the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day![/p][/quote]The point you obviously missed is... a young girl has won the right to play with her boy peers, good for her, a sensible decision without doubt, but as women are constantly moaning they are discriminated against by being barred from engaging their male peers in almost every walk of modern life and often get decisions that overturn such barring in effect saying they ARE equal to their male counterparts, then when they can match males in sport at ALL levels, including playing for professional teams such as Man U, Liverpool, Chelsea etc, or even at .lower levels such as Tranmere, Rotherham, Newport County etc, A victory at school boy level is hardly a victory if there is still a barrier to play besides Gerrard,Rooney, Ferdinand etc. Saying they may reach national team level for WOMEN, does not alter the fact that full equality has NOT been achieved. And that cuts across ALL professional sport Stating it is necessary for women to have their own higher level in soccer, is one thing, will they accept men being picked for the English Ladies? Of course they will not, but that is what must be accepted if full equality is to be the end result. No half way measures. Girls either take it on the chin and get full equality, or they be realistic and accept they will never be able to play with the big boys. In which case they should stick with playing with girls. ,.[/p][/quote]It seems a lot of readers cannot comprehend the difficulty of the fact that once a certain level of physical capability has been reached nature has provided the male with a superiority that women cannot equal. That is why, unless some sort of miraculous change comes into the equation, or some means to chemical rebalance the difference, women will never play with then big boys. Just because some find the truth imperils their 'fight' for the equality they will never get, they show their petulance by voting against logical and rational commentary. Tough girls, stick with what you are capable of, ........playing with girls. varteg1
  • Score: -2

6:01pm Sun 8 Jun 14

varteg1 says...

keithbob wrote:
Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play.


well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6.
they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them.
the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day!
Until your granddaughter can run rings around the boys with 7 months of pregnancy under her shorts, then I expect you to come to terms with my argument.
And that is why big girls, having been led to believe they are physically 'equal'
will come to terms with reality.

Unless by some fluke of nature their feminism is frustrated by all the he man nonsense they get stuffed with by the women's lib brigade.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: Not just the touchline, there they have relative equality, now let's see how they do when actually on the field of play. well my grandaughter would run rings round many of the boys ive watched on a sat/sunday.her sister also plays for wales youth girls team and im proud to see how they have progressed since starting playing when they were 5 or 6. they should be encouraged to do what they enjoy without knocking them. the english womens football team are leading the way,would love to see our girls at wembley one day![/p][/quote]Until your granddaughter can run rings around the boys with 7 months of pregnancy under her shorts, then I expect you to come to terms with my argument. And that is why big girls, having been led to believe they are physically 'equal' will come to terms with reality. Unless by some fluke of nature their feminism is frustrated by all the he man nonsense they get stuffed with by the women's lib brigade. varteg1
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