Easton Cowgirls Women’s Football Club

Always anti-fascist, always inclusive and always a shambles!

 

eccEaston Cowgirls FC logoEaston Cowgirls are a women’s football club based in Easton, Bristol. We organise training and games to enable women of all ages (18+) and abilities to play football.

We welcome women who have never played before as well as more experienced players, and also encourage women who have stopped playing to return to the game.

We regularly play in tournaments in the UK and abroad as well as organising our own. Recent trips have included a solidarity tour to Palestine’s West Bank, the St Pauli AntiFa tournament in Hamburg and the Anti-Racism World Cup in Belfast. As well as playing football, we also have a big social focus, and value our fun as much as our footy.

For more information email easton.cowgirlsfc@gmail.com, check out our facebook page, follow us on twitter or just turn up to a training session (details below).

However… We’re not just a football team!

Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys at Sankt Pauli Antira 2014

Easton Cowgirls & Cowboys at St Pauli Anti-Ra 2014

Easton Cowgirls are part of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls Sports and Social Club, a socially and politically-focused organisation, and is run entirely by volunteers. We are part of a global network of clubs who recognise all people’s right to equality, irrespective of their age, class, culture, disability, gender, race, religion, or sexuality.

Our anti-homophobic, anti-racist and anti-fascist ethos is at the core of our club and is what distinguishes us from other football teams. As such, we expect our members to share this ethos and to get involved in the wider activities of the club as much as possible. 

If this doesn’t take your fancy, don’t worry – casual women’s football is growing in Bristol and there are a number of other friendly and inclusive local teams you could try (e.g. see here).

For more information about the Easton Cowboys & Cowgirls club ethos, please see our welcome leaflet.

Thinking of joining us?

If you would like to try us out just turn up to training. We train all year round and play casual 5 or 7-a-side. There is no team selection – anyone who wants to play gets to. However, we do expect a certain level of commitment to try to attend training (as well as other events) as much as possible – this is how we fund our continued existence and how we bond as a team.

Showing off our new kit outside our home the Plough

New players are allowed a 4 week trial period before deciding whether to join. Membership costs £20/10 per year (waged/unwaged), paid by bank transfer, cash or paypal. This money goes towards equipment and our emergency ethical fund. However, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participation – if you can’t pay just tell us. Join at https://membermojo.co.uk/cowgirls. You must be a member in order to play for the Cowgirls in the league or at tournaments.

You are also welcome to join us on a social basis, without the football bit. Get in touch or join us at the Plough after training.

All members have a say in the running of the club, and we have regular meetings to make decisions on training etc at which everyone is welcome. Each year we elect a voluntary committee who have responsibility for the day to day running of the club. However, everyone is encouraged to chip in as much as possible – every member of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls makes it the wonderful and diverse club it is!

Easton Cowgirls with Republica IFC and United Glasgow reppin’ solidarity in Manchester

Weekly training sessions

We are running 1 training session per week over autumn/winter 2017 (times below). Subs are £3 (£2 low/unwaged). We play in all weathers, and will only cancel in extreme cases. You will need to wear footwear with grip, ideally astroturf boots or moulded studs (please no metal studs). Shin pads are also a good idea! We often have spare kit if you don’t have your own, just ask us.

We foster a friendly and inclusive atmosphere – PLEASE NO HARD TACKLES OR AGGRO, we’re just not that kind of team!

Join us at our home pub the Plough Inn (opposite Easton Community Centre) after training for chat and free food!

 

SEPTEMBER:

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm: Outdoors on astroturf at Fairfield School pitches on Muller Road (there is a gate in the hedge just down the hill from the school on the left, roughly opposite Elmcroft Crescent).

OCTOBER:

Tuesdays 8-9pm: Outdoors on astroturf at Fairfield School pitches.

NOVEMBER ONWARDS:

Thursdays 7-8:30pm: Outdoors on astroturf at Fairfield School pitches.

 

Bristol Women’s Football Casual League

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Working with others and support from the FA, the Easton Cowgirls have established a casual 7-a-side football league to provide opportunities for women to play competitive football on a regular basis. We currently have 2 teams in the league. Both teams are full for this season – however, there may be opportunities to play in the ‘world 7’ team if you have missed out for this season.

If you have an existing team who’d like to get involved or are an individual who would like to play for next season, please email zoegibbo2000@yahoo.com.

See the results and tables from the Bristol Women’s Football Casual League on the FA website.

Please note this poster is for last season – we are waiting on a new one.

 

 

 

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Cows social: ‘Offside’ theatre performance

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in Diary, Events News, Team News | 0 comments

Cows social: ‘Offside’ theatre performance

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Diary, Events News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

AS Lille visit for Access Sport

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Copa Lucrecia Lindo

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Copa Lucrecia Lindo

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New Cowgirls committee for 2017

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Team News | 0 comments

New Cowgirls committee for 2017

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Our City United 7-a-side football tournament

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Diary, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

Our City United 7-a-side football tournament

Easton Cowgirls have been invited to play Glasgow Utd as part of the ‘Our City United’ tournament in Manchester, followed by a Q&A. More players and supporters welcome! See the facebook event here This is a 7 A Side Football Tournament involving teams from communities across Manchester and invited teams from across Britain and Europe. The ethos of the tournament is community and solidarity. The tournament will be played on Broadhurst Park playing fields next to FC Utd of Manchester’s new ground. FCUM are playing at home...

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