Easton Cowgirls Women’s Football Club

Always anti-fascist, always inclusive and always a shambles!

Easton Cowgirls are a women’s football club based in Easton, Bristol. We welcome female identifying and non-binary folk of all ages (18+), fitness levels and abilities.

We welcome women who have never played before as well as more experienced players, and also encourage women who have stopped playing to return to the game.

We regularly play in tournaments in the UK and abroad as well as organising our own. Recent trips have included a solidarity tour to Palestine’s West Bank, the St Pauli AntiFa tournament in Hamburg and the Anti-Racism World Cup in Belfast. As well as playing football, we also have a big social focus, and value our fun as much as our footy.

Showing off our new kit outside our home The Plough Inn

New player recruitment paused – for now

Right now our training sessions are at full capacity and we’re not able to accept new players. We recognise this is frustrating, as we get a lot of inquiries from newbies who like our ethos. We’re exploring ways to expand capacity at training sessions, and hope this will change in future.

For more information about us email us, check out our facebook page, follow us on twitter or instagram or just turn up to a training session (details below). If you are thinking of joining us (once numbers allow), please take a couple of minutes to read our welcome leaflet (downloads a pdf).

We’re not just a football team!

Easton Cowgirls are part of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls Sports and Social Club, a socially-focused organisation, and is run entirely by volunteers. We are part of a global network of clubs who recognise all people’s right to equality, irrespective of their age, class, culture, disability, gender, race, religion, or sexuality.

Our anti-homophobic, anti-racist and anti-fascist ethos is at the core of our club and is what distinguishes us from other football teams. As such, we expect our members to share this ethos and to get involved in the wider activities of the club as much as possible. 

For more information about the Easton Cowboys & Cowgirls club ethos, please see our welcome leaflet.

If this doesn’t take your fancy, don’t worry – casual women’s football is growing in Bristol and there are a number of other friendly and inclusive local teams you could try (e.g. see here).

Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys at Sankt Pauli Antira 2014
Easton Cowgirls and Cowboys at Sankt Pauli Antira 2014

Thinking of joining us?

If you would like to try us out, please get in touch with us via the contact form. Usually we welcome anyone who just shows up at training, but right now we have a lot of players and many returning from injury, so we’ve paused accepting new players for now. We hope this will change in time though and are looking for ways to expand capacity so please do contact us if you’d like to get involved.

We train all year round and play casual 5 or 7-a-side. There is no team selection – anyone who wants to play gets to. However, we do expect a certain level of commitment to try to attend training (as well as other events) as much as possible – this is how we fund our continued existence and how we bond as a team.

New players are allowed a 4 week trial period before deciding whether to join. Membership costs £20/10 per year (waged/unwaged), paid by bank transfer, cash or paypal. This money goes towards equipment and our emergency ethical fund. However, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participation – if you can’t pay just tell us.

Join at https://membermojo.co.uk/cowgirls. You must be a member in order to play for the Cowgirls in the league or at tournaments.

You are also welcome to join us on a social basis, without the football bit. Get in touch or join us at the Plough after training.

All members have a say in the running of the club, and we have regular meetings to make decisions on training etc at which everyone is welcome. Each year we elect a voluntary committee who have responsibility for the day to day running of the club. However, everyone is encouraged to chip in as much as possible – every member of the Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls makes it the wonderful and diverse club it is!

Easton Cowgirls with Republica IFC and United Glasgow at the ‘Our City United’ tournament, Manchester

Weekly training sessions are back!

We train outdoors every Thursday evening on artificial grass in winter and in the park on real grass in summer.

Subs are £4 (£3 low/unwaged or as much as you can pay). We play in all weathers, and will only cancel in extreme cases (i.e. we still play if it’s raining, for you non-Brits).

You will need to wear moulded football boots (no metal studs or boots with blades) suitable for artificial grass. Shin pads are also a good idea! We often have spare kit if you don’t have your own, just ask us. City Academy are very strict about the right footwear, so please try get your hands on some. If that’s difficult for you financially, get in touch – money should never be a barrier to playing with us and we have a kitty where needed.

While we have a coach, we all chip in to teach each other and expect everyone to help maintain a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere. A lot of our players are returning from injury or have not played much football before – PLEASE NO HARD TACKLES OR AGGRO, we don’t want any injuries at training and we’re just not that kind of team! Our coach is often a member of the team volunteering their time so please try to be supportive of them.

Join us again at our home pub the Plough Inn (opposite Easton Community Centre) after training!

Bristol Women’s Football Casual League

BWFCL tournament 2018

Working with others, the Easton Cowgirls have established a casual 7-a-side football league to provide opportunities for women to play competitive football in a fun and inclusive environment on a regular basis. Since it’s formation in 2012 with just 5 teams, the league has gone from strength to strength (read more here).

We currently have 3 teams in the league. Speak to a committee member if you’d like to play.

See the results and tables on the Bristol Women’s Football Casual League website.

Team News

Copas Lindo & Sandino 2021!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2021 in Diary, Events News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

Dear Futbolista, Hope you are enjoying the Euros! After much careful consideration and discussions with Ashton Park sports centre, Bristol Link with Nicaragua has decided to proceed with this year’s Copa Lucrecia Lindo (women’s) and Copa Sandino (mens) tournaments on SUNDAY 25 JULY. Matches will start at 10:30am. It will be at Ashton Park secondary school and we will maintain as COVID secure a tournament as is possible with your support. Several teams have expressed an interest to play so we will aim to have 10 teams on two pitches with...

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Football Welcomes Refugees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2021 in Gallery | 0 comments

Football Welcomes Refugees Month celebrates the contribution players with a refugee background make to the beautiful game, and the positive role football can play in bringing people together and creating more welcoming communities. Easton Cowgirls, April 2021 Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls welcomes refugees and are thankful for the amazing contribution they’ve made to our club and community. #FootballWelcomes...

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Cowgirls ‘training’ has moved to the virtual world

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Team News | 0 comments

Harry has set up a Zoom meeting so we can chat on Thursday’s from 7:30pm (normal training time). Check your emails for the link and meeting ID to join the chat. This link and meeting ID will work every week, so what ever week you feel like coming to “training” you can.

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Memories: Netters get their shinnies on

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Thought I’d start a series of ‘memories’* posts (as I’m bored in isolation) to take us all down memory lane together. If you have a memory you’d like to share, send it my way webgimp@eastoncowfolk.org.uk So, Beesands 2015-ish. There was no women’s tourny so we’d been watching the blokes play all weekend feeling kinda jealous. Then we realised if we roped in some of the netters lasses and put a wig on wee Charlie we’d have enough for a game against the Yard ladies. Charlie was duly wigged up and...

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Our friends from Hamburg and Leeds are visiting!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Diary, Events News, Team News, Tours/Tournaments | 0 comments

NOTE: CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 :-/ WATCH THIS SPACE! Well, we invited them… Our friends Frau Dorte Becker from Hamburg and Republica Internationale from Leeds are due to be visiting us for a long weekend 10th-13th April, yippee! There’ll be chatting, a radical history tour of Bristol, kick-arounds, a ‘Football Welcomes Refugees’ tournament on the Sunday and of course lots of merriment in the Plough. So you have been...

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