Sunday. 22.09.2019 |
Sunday. 22.09.2019

THREE YEARS AGO THE TEAM REACHED THE PROFESSIONALISATION

The growth of the female team

With the professionalisation the team have won different titles
With the professionalisation the team have won different titles

In less than ten five years the female team has become a priority for the club and they have improved fastly

In 2011, Barça moved to Sant Joan Despí to inaugurate the Joan Gamper Sports City where the equipment and the training camps had improved notably, although not for everyone. Among so much comfort, it was remarkable to see two very disguised barracks that the girls of the female team used as dressing rooms, along with another barracks that served as the technician's office.

"In 2006 I had to take charge of the formative football of the club, which also included the femenine one. At that time, the girls were not a priority; they were understood as an amateur section”, says the coach Xavi Llorens. Then, the female was relegated to a secondary position for the club since it had never been a concern for any board of directors. Little by little, and under the baton of Llorens, the team evolved, although in the first year it was demoted, as the technician had already predicted.

"The section has already existed. It took me a time when they had tried to grow up with some media players, but it did not work because of extra-sports issues. The club wanted not to speak badly of the feminine. I start doing a cleaning, and I look for a project in which it does not matter to lose categories, that the main thing was to build a good block. And then teach values ​​inside and outside the field in the feminine. It costs a lot, the schedules are very bad, and the first year we go down. The next year we go back up and we have already seen the needs of the team economically, with a budget of 200,000 euros. Very different from what there is now that has quintupled in my stage and that has now tripled from the last budget that I had. What is clear is that without results there is no growth. It may seem a great injustice, but it is so. You can work better or worse, but if you do not win, nobody is aware of what you are doing” says Llorens.

With this premise, the team was gaining consistency, the players understood what the coach asked them to do and, after regaining the category, Llorens girls won four consecutive leagues and raised three Queen's Cups in five seasons. Thus, in 2015 the club decided to reward them with the professionalization of the section.

The growth of the female team
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