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KITS FOR KIDS; Clyde Girls are flying the flag for Scotland.

Byline: By Kevin Turner

CLYDE FC Girls may not have existed last year, but they are definitely going places.

The youngsters from Cumbernauld were invited to be Scotland's sole representatives at a tournament in England next month.

The girls will compete against teams from England and Wales in the SCI Brean Sands Mitre Ultimatch Easter Cup in Somerset.

The competition, officially sanctioned by the English FA, runs from April 10 to 14.

Clyde FC Girls were only founded this season but are already one of Scotland's best teams. If they perform in England as they have done domestically, the girls have a great chance of returning home with the trophy.

Coach Jim Strathdee said: "We are second in the under 13 Central Division and in the last eight of the Scottish Cup.

"Clyde FC Girls are run by a professional football club's community scheme.

"We are representing Scotland at the tournament and are putting in under 12 and under 14 teams.

"Although the English age rules are different to ours, the girls are still capable of winning."

A crowd of 100 will travel to cheer on the girls who train twice a week.

The team plays on a synthetic pitch at Clyde's Broadwood stadium.

The team is currently battling with Lanarkshire Utd for top spot in the U13 Central Division.

The girls won 15 of their first 17 league games, scoring a massive 107 goals in the process.

Clyde FC has two under 13 girls teams and also a senior ladies team. They also run a development centre for girls under the age of 11.

Jim, 43, added: "Our sponsor Buildbase provides kit for our existing teams, but Kits for Kids will be of great help next season.

"We are going to run two new teams next year and we really cannot get enough help.

"An under 11 and under 15 team will complement the current under 13 and senior teams.

"Every girl is collecting the Kits for Kids tokens and getting their friends and families to help.

"The girls even got their school involved to try and get as many tokens collected as possible.

"The giveaway will be of great help to us and every other team that signed up to the offer."

600 football teams have signed up and are collecting for Kits for Kids.

If your team was not lucky enough to register, you can still enter our weekly contest to win pounds 1000 plus a full set of strips for your team. Just collect the tokens and logon to www.dailyrecordkitsforkids.com/weeklyprizes enter the number of tokens you've collected and, once we've verified the tokens, we will send the winners their prize.

This week's entries must be logged on the website by no later than 5,00pm on Monday April 10.

Co-operative Insurance has been investing in football for four decades and is fully committed to supporting the game at all levels. CIS sponsors the CIS Insurance Cup in Scotland and Northern Ireland and has a programme of grassroots initiatives in the UK, including coaching and the provision of kits and equipment to junior teams.

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