Kalvin Phillips’ former club Wortley have set up a new open-age women’s team on the back of the Leeds and England midfielder’s soaring popularity.
Phillips, 25, who has started every game for England en route to Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy, spent seven seasons at Wortley Juniors under coach Ian Thackray before joining Leeds at the age of 14.
Thackray, now Wortley’s secretary, told the PA news agency that the club has been inundated with requests from all age groups to come and play for them.
“We’ve actually ended up setting up a women’s open-age team, from nowhere,” Thackray said. “We haven’t had a ladies open-age team for yonks!
“Why are they ringing us? We don’t have a ladies team. It’s the Kalvin link. They’re not wanting to join an established women’s club, they want to come here.
“Our chairman (Stuart Haley) asked us all how easy would it be to start one because he’s had nine phone calls in the last three days.
“They’ve already got two sponsors and they’re up to 13 players. We’ve had to make a late application to the West Riding County Women’s League and it appears we’ve got Kalvin to thank for that.
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