> UWE enjoyed a highly successful 09/10 season, but graduation has left the 1st XI looking a little thin

For a lot of us, September can be indicative of that slight feeling of dread and apprehension that comes with the return to education.

For the members of the UWE Women’s Football team however, it represents the challenge of a new season and the attempt to build on the achievements of the last campaign. Not only did the team win promotion, but they did so by storming the league without a single defeat. The women will now be competing in the Western Conference 1A League; the trappings of promotion will see UWE face a higher class of opposition, also throwing up a number of local derby’s including Cardiff 1st, UWIC 2nd, Bristol 1st and Bath 1st teams.

As if this triumphant league campaign wasn’t enough, the team also pulled off a league and cup double, coming out 4-0 winners against Gloucestershire University in last season’s league cup.

The girls also made their mark on the continent, touring Costa Brava’s coastal town of Lloret de Mar to compete in both a 7-a-side and a 11-a-side tournament. They were so successful that not only did they come out on top in both competitions, but the 7-a-side tournament saw UWE’s A and B team’s contest the final which, as well as being noted for this display of the dominance of the UWE women’s football team, was also officiated by former Premier League referee Jeff Winters.

So where do the team go from here? Well, a major aim is to win this year’s Varsity match against Bristol, something that hasn’t happened for some nine years. A second big aim is to recruit new players (yes, that means you!). The side has been decimated by that perennial thorn in the side of university sports teams – graduation; Nine of last season’s double winning starting XI are leaving for pastures new.

If you are thinking of joining the UWE Women’s football team then perhaps you want to hear about the other side of joining a team or society at UWE – the social side.

President of the women’s team Nicola Johns spoke to the WesternEye about the off-pitch goings on:

“Away from Football we are sponsored by Vodka Revolutions on Corn Street, where we go to after every game on themed dress up nights, as well as an end of season and Christmas party. Our initiations to the team last year were exceptional – the old members of the team dressed up as fishermen and the Freshers split into teams of sharks versus lobsters. The groups played drinking games, bobbing for sea creatures in mushy peas and then rice, eating half soaked Weetabix in rum and biting balloons filled with water and then flour. An excellent night out, and there will be a secret theme this year as well!”

Our free Training session during Freshers’ fortnight is Monday 20th September, 7.30pm to 9pm on the UWE Astroturf pitch 1.

Training is usually on a Monday night at the Filton Wise campus. Matches are on Wednesdays. We will be at Freshers fair too.” If all this sounds like something you would be interested in, then pop along and see the ladies at the Freshers’ fair.