In August 2014, the Fulham FC Foundation launched two new Ladies teams, with the aim to further develop women and girls’ football at grassroots level. Having renamed the previous Westfield Ladies FC team, Fulham FC Foundation Ladies First Team began the 2014/15 season in London & South East Regional Women’s Premier League. Following well attended trials in June and July 2014, a Reserve team was also introduced for the 2014/15 season, competing in the Surrey County League.
Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, a key partner of Fulham FC Foundation, will play hosts to the two Ladies teams with training and matches taking place at the multi-million pound sport complex. The new teams are the first stage of the Fulham FC Foundation and Surrey Sports Park’s plan to provide high quality opportunities for women and girls to play competitive football at grass roots.
Fulham FC Foundation has a long history of investing in women and girls’ football, having previously run an FA girls centre of excellence programme and a women and girls programme across the community.
Steven Day, Chief Executive of Fulham Football Club Foundation, said at the time of the launch: “Working in partnership with Surrey Sports Park, we are delighted to have a ladies’ grassroots club under our name. It further enhances our commitment to women and girls grassroots football across our community both now and in the future.”
Previous Chairman of Westfield Ladies, Stephen Kick, who has continued as Chairman of Fulham FC Foundation Ladies, said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the league. These are exciting times for the Fulham FC Foundation Ladies teams and we look forward to developing more chances for women and girls to play football in a structured and competitive environment at grassroots.”
We are currently looking for further volunteer coaching support within the Fulham FC Foundation Ladies setup. If you have experience of working in the women’s game, please feel free to send your CV and a covering letter to Timo Cato at firstname.lastname@example.org.