💬 Abbie Britton on the Girls Development Centre

Exeter City’s match against Mansfield Town on Saturday, March 30, is our club’s designated One Game, One Community match.

To mark the day, the club will be celebrating the positive impact women and girls have on football at our club by hosting a day dedicated to them.

Read about Abbie Britton, Exeter City Ladies player-manager, experiences of Exeter City. 

Over the last three years with myself being involved at Exeter City Ladies as well as my full-time role in the Community Trust we have been able to create a pathway for local girls in Devon and Exeter.

The Girls Development Centre and the pathway that it has created for young girls to develop their love and passion for the game has proven to be a pillar of importance to the ladies setup.

In 2017/18 six girls progressed from the development centre into the ladies team and they have all gone on to represent the ladies team in the South West Women's Football League Premier Division and played huge parts this season in our hunt for promotion.

These girls' are now inspiring the next crop of young talented, hungry players that are about to make their step into the women's game.

Without the girls development centre producing talented young players, we would have to look approaching players from far afield, the GDC offers the girls a route to play for their local club, one that is making huge strides both on and off the pitch to bridge the gap between men and women.