During the 2015/16 season Gillingham Ladies joined forces with the Kent Ladies and Girls Football League to offer all affiliated clubs within KL&G Football League a unique opportunity to be match day mascots at Gillingham Ladies home games.
During the season we had the pleasure of welcoming girls from the following clubs:
- Larkfield Ladies
- TW Forrester Girls
- Petts Wood Girls
- Woodcombe Girls
- Kings Hill Girls
- Gravesham Girls
First team Manager Jack Wheeler proudly welcomed this initiative “I think it’s really great to be able to offer this opportunity to teams across the county. The Kent Girls and Ladies League is one of the best leagues across the whole football landscape in Kent and to be able to work with them is great for us.”
“The club and our players have enjoyed welcoming the mascots and all young fans to our games. Mascots and their families are given a warm welcome by the team and it is an extremely friendly atmosphere on a match day that all supporters enjoy. We look forward to welcoming and inspiring more mascots during the 2016/17 FA Women’s Premier League season.”
Sarah M’Grady from Larkfield Ladies said “Girls ranging from U7 to U11 were lucky enough to be match day mascots in the 2015/16 Season. All the girls were made to feel very special from going in the changing room, to getting autographs and photos after the match. Gills Ladies are fantastic role models for our girls and a lot of them look up to the Ladies as people they aspire to, so for them to be treated so kindly is an amazing thing for the Ladies to take the time to do. It is a pleasure to be associated with such a great club.
Gavin Hawks from Woodcombe Girls said “We were lucky to have 9 girls from our U13s team be match day mascots during the 2015/16 Season. The girls waited at the end of the tunnel as the Ladies came out of the dressing room and the girls were full of smiles as they were lead onto the pitch followed by the Respect handshakes. The girls were excited to meet the players after the match and were given a squad poster to use for authographs. It was a really enjoyable day and a great experience for any budding young player.
What to Expect?
An afternoon in the life of a Gillingham Ladies mascot will consist of:
- A behind the scenes tour
- Watch the team warm up in preparation for their match
- Walk out with the team onto the pitch to perform the pre-match Respect handshake
- Professional pictures taken and provided by Gillingham Ladies official photographers (Kent Pro Images)
- Meet the first team players after the game with the opportunity to take photos and obtain autographs from the players
- A personalised official certificate for every mascot.
Who to Contact?
For more information and availability during the 2017/18 season please contact Jack Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) who co-ordinates the arrangements.