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BBC Wales's David Setchfield
"The ruling incensed Caroline, her family and club officials who took up her case "
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Thursday, 13 July, 2000, 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK
Girl footballer wins battle
Caroline Hulme
Caroline Hulme wants to get back to playing football
A 12-year-old girl has won her right to play football for a boy's team after a landmark ruling by the Football Association of Wales.

Supporters of Caroline Hulme lobbied the FAW in September last year to change its rules so that she could turn out for Denbigh Town Under 13s.

Last year, BBC Wales revealed how Caroline had played five games in the Rhyl and District League before officials stepped in and said she was breaching FAW rules.

They said girls aged 12 and over could not play in mixed gender sports.

Caroline Hulme
Caroline turned out five times in the Rhyl and District League
Her teammates collected a 1,042 name petition in a bid to persuade football chiefs to reverse the decision.

The FAW's rules have now been changed so that in areas where there are no junior leagues available for girls, the age limit will increase to Under 16.

Caroline was faced at the time with a trip of 30-40 miles to play her football for a girls team.

Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, intervened and contacted Sports Minister Kate Hoey, the National Assembly and the FAW on the issue.

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