Hayley Smedley’s dream to start a women’s football team was one that initially faced a great struggle to get off the ground. Originally formed on January 28th 2020, newly-formed Millstone FC strained to find players due to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent banning of all levels of team sports in the UK. Although facing tough odds and with little hope, Hayley battled to get things running in the midst of lockdown and succeeded in getting affiliation granted by the county FA in July.

Since then, the team has grown in number and standing. Having been admitted into Sheffield & Hallamshire Women & Girls League 3 in the summer, Millstone FC have since gone on to recruit eighteen squad players (and counting), three coaches led by Mitchell Coley, a social media team, and two club journalists. With this kind of exponential growth that Hayley has overseen in such a short period of time, it seems that there is no stopping the success of the club, and the future is certainly bright for all those involved.

Millstone FC is a team dedicated to the memory of a family friend of Hayley. The club’s name is taken from his final address in Aston, where he owned his own football club and devoted himself to it.

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