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Nottingham the “City of football” is proving that age is no barrier to playing the beautiful game as it launched a brand new Women’s Veterans League
to help older female players carry on playing the game.

Last month the City of Football launched the Women’s Veterans League at Forest Sports Zone on Forest Recreation Ground and England’s Laura Bassett,
who was part of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup squad, was on hand to lead the evening’s events.

Matches are played every other Tuesday night, and new league also coincides with International Women’s Day on 8 March and City of Football are encouraging
women to come along and get involved.

The league is one of the first in the UK and Denise Richards from Kimberley is one of the many women who have signed up. She said it’s the perfect
opportunity to help keep her playing football for years to come.

The 56 year-old said: “A Women’s Veterans League is exactly what Notts needed because it gives returning players like myself and new players the chance
to continue to get involved and play the game with ladies of a similar age.

“Over the last few years I’ve been playing with women that are in their early twenties and it’s often difficult to keep up when you’re playing with
women that are so much younger and full of energy.

Katie Gibson, Programme and Partner Coordinator at Nottingham City of Football said: “The Women’s Veteran League is something we’ve been looking to
get started for a while now and it’s great to see so many women signing up on launch night.

“Since the City of Football project began we’ve heard from women all across Nottinghamshire who have told us they struggle to find other women to play
football with of a similar age.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to bring all these women together and get them back into the game. This is what the City of Football is all about.”