Lesbian soccer club, The Flying Bats will start their 2008 season on April 6 with a record number of 80 players, making them one of the biggest clubs in the North West Sydney Women’s Soccer League.

The Flying Bats will be entering five teams in the competition this year, ranging in skill level from absolute beginners to high level premiere league players.

Club President Julie Purser says,
We have seen a huge amount of interest from women wanting to join the club this year, to the extent that we have had to start a waiting list for any spare places that become available.

Entering this many teams makes us one of the biggest clubs in the North West Sydney Women’s Soccer league (NWSWS), which is a huge achievement for a club that represents a minority group. As far as we know we are only predominantly lesbian soccer club in Sydney, and possibly Australia.

The team’s rapid growth is put down to not only an increased interest in the sport, but the team’s social element as well, as the women come together to chat about all things soccer over beers at the Golden Barley in Enmore.

We’re not just about soccer, Purser assures. We provide a mini-community for many girls that is based around a common love of soccer. It’s a very friendly and loyal community to be a part of.

For match fixtures and info visit www.theflyingbats.com

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