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Football | 16th December 2021

Inspiring Gillian

Girls Football


A FAMOUS former pupil returned for training at the recently launched girls’ football in the area last week.

Former Langholm Academy pupil and current Carlisle United player Gillian Telford from Newcastleton joined the after-school football for girls in the Langholm Academy school cluster as the sessions continue to go from strength to strength.

Gillian said after the session: “It’s great to see so many girls just enjoying the game and more importantly, having fun.

“There is also lots of potential there and hopefully some players to look out for in the future.”

With 39 girls now registered and training each Thursday evening, discussions have already taken place to organise friendly games for both primary and secondary teams in the new year.

Plus, a trip to watch the Scotland’s women team play at Hampden Park in the new year is being planned.

More news is yet to come in the coming weeks about a successful funding application that will allow the girls football to remain free of charge in 2022.

Thanks go to its organiser, Calum Graham of Active Schools and Community Sport, as well as its young helpers Rhegan Irving, Freya Blaikie and Matilda Brockley, and community sports coach, Aidan Wilson for their help.

  • Any girls regardless of ability wishing to join the after-school football sessions that take place on Thursdays at Langholm Academy on the 3G pitch between 4.45pm-5.45pm can register at
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