As the oldest and largest women’s football club in Wales, Cardiff City Ladies are rightly proud of their heritage. Founded in 1975 after a local charity match, membership has grown annually: there are now about 80 junior players and 50 adults. A bulging trophy cabinet proves that all that training is paying off.
The club have won the Welsh Cup for the past seven seasons, which brings with it entry into the prestigious UEFA Club Championships and the team have played against the best club teams from all over Europe. But being a member of Cardiff City Ladies is about more than sport and winning awards. It's also about learning good values, how to deal with both winning and losing, having respect for your coaches, teammates and the opposition as well making new friends, working as a team and taking pride in your club.
The club is totally self-sufficient and does lots of fundraising like supermarket bag- packing to raise extra money. National Lottery grants have also helped considerably, being used to buy equipment, hire facilities and train coaches in child welfare and first aid. Top-quality coaching has meant many junior players from Cardiff have gone on to play football for Wales at international level. All this is helping to increase the profile of women’s football in Wales and women’s sport in general.