The Bromley Belles took part in the first National Women’s Recreational Football Festival in June 2018

Belles celebrate International Women’s Day : 7th March 2020

Bromley Belles took part in the annual Girls United International Women’s Day tournament on the 7th March. We were delighted to support the event as all proceeds go towards empowering girls through football in disadvantaged communities.

There were 22 teams playing overall, 10 in the beginner’s category including Bromley Belles.

We were runners up in our group, starting slowly with an unlucky final minute 1-0 defeat to “Goals Aloud”  We drew our next game vs “The Spice Goals” 0-0, then turned on the style with a 4-0 win against “GKThree”  (a hat trick for Bridget and 1 for Helen) and a 2-0 win against “Bend it like Peckham” in our final group game. (1 each for Bridget & Helen)

It was a close-run thing in the semi-final vs “The Legends”  made tougher by a sloping pitch but the Belles dug in and won 1-0 with another great strike from Bridget.

The final against “J-Flo FC” was a proper physical battle, no holds barred, brilliant defending from the Belles including a fantastic last-ditch tackle from Laura, but sadly in the final seconds of the game the opposition scored the winner with a fluke shot!

A brilliant effort from the whole squad: Bridget, Elizabeth, Laura F, Laura P, Helen, Mia, Jo & Yasmin. Next year the trophy is ours!

Countdown to Women’s EURO 2021 : 23rd February 2020

Celebrating 500 days until the start of the Women’s Euro 2021 Tournament

To celebrate 500 days until the start of the Women’s Euro Tournament, which will be hosted in the UK we held our own Round Robin at Bromley FC.

Both Maidstone Magpies and Crawley Old Girls attended to play 11 a side matches. Well done to everyone who participated.

LGBT History Month – Hate Crime, Love Football : 15th February 2020

Bromley Belles took part in the Hate Crime, Love Football tournament which celebrated LGBT History Month. In this fun tournament the Belles played several games including against Metropolitan Police Lewisham.

We were proud to say that Mia was awarded the Player’s Player award!

Larkfield New Year’s Day Charity Tournament : 1st January 2020

The Belles took part in their first tournament of 2020 with a visit to Larkfield in their New Year’s Day charity event.

On what was a rather boggy pitch the Belles battled hard with 5 matches ending in a draw and only one loss. What was very pleasing was the number of clean sheets we kept.

‘Old Girls’ World Cup – Soissons, France : June 2019

During the much anticipated Women’s World Cup, the Bromley Belles travelled to Soissons in France in hope and much anticipation to take part in the inaugural ‘Old Girls World Cup’. With over 200 women and 20 teams from across the world, sixteen Belles proudly represented both their club and country. During the women’s recreational club tournament both Belles teams fought hard in the heat to remain undefeated in the whole tournament with brilliant performances all round, particularly of note was Ali Gray scoring an impressive hat-trick in the first game. 

The evening saw the Belles represent their country with Brigitte, Yrais, Sue, and Elizabeth representing the Rest of the World team in a closely fought semi-final which resulted in agony as they lost to England on penalties. The eventual winners were the USA who showed outstanding skill and determination to beat England 1-0.

The tournament was a fantastic opportunity for the ‘missed generation’ of women who have always loved football but before now have not had the chance to play or take part in competitive games. Over half of the Belles that went to the ‘Old Girls World Cup’  had only started playing less than six months ago and this was their very first experience of competitive games. 

Watch the BBC documentary on The Old Girls World Cup

Planning has now started for the next international tournament which will be held during the Women’s European Championships, here in the UK in 2021.