Teaming up to boost womens’ football

Just Regional
Jun 1, 2020 3 mins read

Wroxham and Bure Valley football clubs have announced an official partnership to further promote the game for women and girls as one of the most well-known clubs in the county joins forces with the largest girls’ football club in the area.

The objective of both clubs is to provide a full female pathway from youth to adult and to offer provision for all abilities. Working together, the clubs will be able to provide Wildcats sessions for girls as young as five and with the opportunity to play football recreationally at every age group – including fulfilling aspirations to play regional football with the Wroxham women’s senior team.

Rebecca Burton, senior women’s team manager at Wroxham FC, said: “Having worked on this partnership alongside the development of the Wroxham DNA over the past couple of months, it’s certainly a very exciting time for Wroxham FC, and for women’s and girls’ football in the area.

“The vision we have for the future, as well as the plans we are putting into place with the support and dedication from the fantastic staff at Bure Valley FC, will no doubt see female football thrive in and around the Norfolk Broads in the very near future.”

The collaboration between Bure Valley FC and Wroxham FC will be a real boost for women’s and girls’ football.

Both clubs aim for the partnership to be more than an agreement on paper, with initial plans in place for collaboration throughout the age groups. Bure Valley FC coaches will become associate coaches to Wroxham FC and will be invited to club-led CPD sessions at Trafford park; members of the Women’s senior team will support youth sessions throughout the foundation and development age groups; Bure Valley FC players will be offered free entry to every women’s league fixture played at Trafford Park; both clubs will work together in philanthropic activities such as fundraising for charity; and the “Wroxham DNA” philosophy will be integrated into the Bure Valley FC philosophy, specifically steered to women’s and girls’ development. 

Lee Robson, chairman of Wroxham Football Club, said: “This is hugely exciting for the development of Wroxham FC as a genuine community club for the whole of the Broadlands area and in particular for female football in Norfolk. From a potential National League women’s team through to Wildcats, we can now offer a clear pathway for girls and women to play football at whatever level suits them best, in complete parity with men and boys.”

And Ted McCarter, chairman of Bure Valley FC, said: “This partnership is hugely exciting for both clubs. Girls as young as five can now join us through the Wildcats scheme in the knowledge that a clear pathway to women’s football is available to them. Our seven girls’ teams will now have access to new coaching techniques and experiences, plus have the opportunity to support and learn from Wroxham Women at Trafford Park on a Sunday.

“Both clubs are committed to adding new teams, the structure is in place, and coaches, facilities and pitches are all ready and waiting. The opportunity is there for any female players to join us on the road to Trafford Park, and we’ll continue to offer a fantastic experience to all that join our brilliant club.

“It’s a fantastic time to get involved in the female game, we can’t wait to get to work with our friends just down the road!”

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