Trust Sponsorship of Exeter City Ladies FC

Helen, Tash and Lola turn to the Trust for help.



Lola Sanchez, Helen Kukor and Tash Knapman

It’s easy to forget there is more than one Exeter City Football Team, and so we were very pleased to accept applications for kit sponsorship from three members of our Ladies Team.

Helen, Natasha and Lola all told us how much our help means to them, not only because individual sponsorship is so hard to come by, but because it has made them feel a part of the Club and that the club is really interested in the Ladies Team and how they are doing.

Helen started playing football with the boys at St. Martins at the age of 8 before moving to the Exminster Colts and the Central Ladies at 12.  She played for Central for 3 years before going to Newton Abbot and debuting for the Devon Ladies U18’s and the full Devon Ladies Squad.   When Newton Abbot disbanded, she joined Plymouth Argyle and also had a short spell with Bristol City Ladies.

After starting Exeter University Helen played for the England Universities Squad at the Universities Games in Edinburgh, where they comfortably beat Wales and Ireland before going on to beat Scotland on penalties to win the tournament.   She went on to give up football to play rugby for a season but missed football so much she contacted Steve Tully about joining Exeter and has now been playing for us for 3 seasons.

Natasha learnt to walk kicking a football and used to watch her Dad play, while never having a football far from her own feet.   Playing in the boy’s team at primary school, she went on to captain the team for a season as well as playing for a local boys team. Getting a girls team together at secondary school proved difficult and at 14 she gave up playing to gain a black belt in Taekwondo, and was selected to represent Australia.

After getting back in to football, she was scouted for Devon and chased by both Plymouth and Newquay. Tash played for Plymouth for 4 years before following a good friend to Exeter last year.  “I ended up signing at my first training session, I was that impressed, and the girls were friendly and welcoming.  I’m so glad I moved to Exeter from Plymouth and don’t regret leaving one bit, although I have some good memories of Plymouth”

Lola began playing football at 16 after joining the Exeter City Ladies Centre of Excellence in 2006.   She hadn’t played before due to the lack of ladies teams.  In 2008 she joined Cullompton Ladies for 3 seasons but after they folded due to lack of numbers, she joined Exeter City Ladies, along with several of her team-mates.

Lola says that the Ladies Club as a whole enjoys good sponsorship but the girls have had to look for individual sponsorship this year to help the Club move forward, and this has proved much more difficult.  She wants to thank the many people around the Club who are helping raise the profile of the Ladies Team, and especially Di Lee who has done so much over the last few years.  “With the success of the womens football at the Olympics last summer, and the improving league structure with the Womens Super League, there’s a bit of a buzz around womens football and it’s good to see new faces coming and supporting us each week”.

We’d like to wish the girls, and their team-mates, continuing success and good luck for the rest of the season.

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