Young beach soccer stars of the future will get the chance to watch international players in action when England Ladies’ take on the Czech Republic at Appley this weekend.
Tomorrow (Saturday), the international sides will take to the sand during the Island’s second weekend of Youth Beach Soccer Championships.
From 9am, the Island’s under-ten girls’ and under 11 and 12 boys’ teams will battle it out, before the England Ladies’ team play the Czech Republic at 3pm.
The international players will then be on hand to present awards to the Island’s winning youth teams at 5pm.
IW Beach Soccer’s general manager, Luke Kerr, said:
“We are delighted to be hosting the international teams on the Island this weekend, alongside our youth championships on Saturday and English National League on Sunday. It’s an exciting time for the sport on the IW, and globally. Growth in the game is fast but, more importantly, opportunities for girls and ladies in the sport continue to come.
“We have just returned from a successful international youth tournament in Portugal and we made it clear we want u16 and u18 girls’ teams to be competing next year, too.
“For Island girls and ladies wanting to play the game here and across the rest of England, opportunities, both on a club and international level, are becoming readily available.
“Our aim is for the Island to lead girls’ growth in the sport like we do already in youth development and this will be led by our girls’ coach, Jess Cutler, and our sponsored ambassador, England’s Katie James.”
A second exhibition match between England and the Czech Republic will take place on Sunday (July 1st), at 10.30am, before the best men’s teams battle it out for the English National League. Matches get under way at 11.30am.
England Ladies’ manager, Perry Northeast, said: “We’re really pleased the two international fixtures against the Czech Republic are able to take place on the Isle of Wight this weekend.
“It’s excellent to be able to host these fixtures at such a great location and Luke Kerr has been extremely supportive in allowing this to happen.
“We are really looking forward to coming to the Island and I know the Czech Republic team are equally as excited.
“Hopefully, we can make it a great occasion for everyone coming to watch.”