HEYWOOD under-13 football coach Simon Hutchinson has had to remove “let’s go boys” from his pre-match addresses to cater for new recruit Elli Aitken, who debuted for the Lions in the under-13s on Sunday.
Aitken, 11, had been training with Heywood for a couple of months leading up to her first game but after enjoying playing in her school side on Friday finally found the confidence to pull the boots on with the boys in the Portland Junior Football Association, becoming the only female player currently playing in the competition.
Hutchinson said there was no question about whether she was ready.
“She is probably more advanced than her male counterparts because she would have done more training than some of the young boys would have done at the same stage,” Hutchinson said.
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