Football Mums on the Pitch, not on the Sidelines
Posted on 28th March 2023 at 12:42
We are pleased to provide PR support to Hull City Ladies FC and hope that sharing these people stories will help more young women to take up the sport they love and enable them to play at the highest possible level.
This is a fantastic story to highlight the differences between the men's and the women's game. The sport team at Yorkshire Post are keen to include our stories from Hull City Ladies FC, in particular those about the players.
Making the decision to have children is never to be taken lightly. But for women in football, it means taking time off and following the birth of twins, Ronnie and Nellie in February 2022, Ellice had 14 weeks off to recover from a caesarean section, but couldn’t wait to get back for pre-season training.
Fitness had played an important role to support a healthy pregnancy and with Rob, her partner having an online coaching business, it was reasonably easy to pick up where she let off just over a year before.
Ellice grabs the opportunity to sleep while the twins are snoozing. However, she feels fortunate to have a supportive partner who shares responsibility, as well as parents who are happy to baby-sit twins. After being at home with her babies during the day, Ellice then goes to training in the evenings.
Twenty years ago when Ellice started secondary school, the opportunities for girls in football were few and far between. After school she studied animal care at Wilberforce College and Animal Management at Bishop Burton College. She worked for Hull City Council, looking after the animals at East Park but in more recent years, Ellice worked as a chef for an East Hull assisted living facility. All the time playing for Hull City Ladies.
Ellice explains: “With the new strategy in place, it’s clear that providing opportunities for girls coming into the sport is a top priority for Hull City Ladies FC. I’m happy to benefit from this and I’m excited about the Club’s ambitious plans. To be playing as part of the team in the Women’s Championship would be a dream come true, even if I’ve had another child between now and then.”
Former England player, Ellen White announced her retirement followed by a baby announcement.
Ellice continues: “For me as a footballer, the best thing is team spirit. During my pregnancy I took to the stands with Rob but I missed playing so much. We have an amazing group of girls and I am so lucky to be part of that."
As one of the more senior players, Ellice plays in defence as Centre Half and takes her responsibility as a positive role model to the younger players very seriously.
“My other centre half Kahlen Watters in our last match against York City, is 18. She was a mascot when I first started. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been in the game for all of this time.
“Our new Manager, Chris Hames has changed the team around quite a lot and brings new ideas to patterns of play, ways to improve our defence and team tactics. Everything feels different and we’re all really up for it. There is a new energy at the Club.”
Hope Knight is the only other player on the team with children. Ellice and Hope had become great friends through football, but having babies has cemented their friendship, attending mum and baby classes together and sharing notes.
“Hope is one of my best friends. It’s great to have her around. Her partner (our manager) Chris is also a great friend. He totally understands what it’s like to be a new parent and play football at the same time.”
Ellice wants to see more support from men’s football for it to be taken more seriously.
Recently, the Chair of Hull City’s men’s team Acun Ilicali said of an affiliation with a women’s team: “If the fans want it, we’ll do it.”
Director of Football and First Team Manager at Hull City Ladies, Chris Hames says: “We aim to provide the biggest and best opportunity for girls and women to play football at the highest possible level in this region. Men’s football has a responsibility to support that. We’re beyond being grateful for being able to play, it’s time for the game to step up and give something back.”
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