FA WSL Licence Application 2018/19 season onwards
With the 10th November being a date strongly etched in the minds of everyone connected to Yeovil Town Ladies FC, the club is now in a position to inform sponsors, partners and all fans of its future plans.
The FA announcement (click here for more info) on 27th September, introduced new criteria, including a fully professional top tier, with players receiving a minimum of 16 hours of contact time per week.
After a lengthy and very detailed process of collaborative thinking and working with a number of interested parties, Yeovil Town Ladies FC has today submitted what it considers to be a very strong submission for a Tier One application for the 2018/19 season, to continue to play football at the elite level of the women's game.
The collaborative approach will not only see full-time players training 19.25 hours per week (rising to 20.25 in the 2020 season), but it also has a strong mission and vision, for the new academy programme.
With an already strong and established partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College, this will see the education partners not only become an essential part for the clubs future elite players, whereby players aged sixteen plus can study and play, but it also becomes the clubs full time training ground, with access to grass pitches, 3G, gym, performance lab, medical room, classrooms, analysis suite, plus more.
Furthermore, the club has devised a strategic plan, which will focus on building its links even more in the community, with plans to engage with 20,000 children in the 2018/19 season.
The application relies solely on developing and growing its own financial resources and is based on long term self sustainability which the Club has always placed at the heart of its ethos. It is not reliant in any way on any investment from Yeovil Town Football Club, which is named as the parent Club in the application.
Club Chairman Steve Allinson stated "As a club we have been open in expressing our concerns at the speed of the proposed changes announced by the FA. This application makes it clear that we want to grow and build on our incredible achievements in the last three years.
“It is now up to the FA to decide on whether they wish to reward our hard work, dedication and ambition by granting us the opportunity to continue to play at this level. I sincerely hope that they do.
"I want to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard on putting this innovative and exciting application together and in particular to Trevor Jenkins and Ewan Greenhill who have spearheaded this approach."
In the 2018/19 season, this creates some exciting new commercial and partnership opportunities and anyone wanting to find out more can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.