Fleet Town FC drops subs for senior Women’s side to bring parity with Men

North Hampshire 3-star FA Accredited football club, Fleet Town FC has abolished subs for it’s senior Women’s side, meaning they now play for free, just like the Men’s first XI.

The Club, which has been a part of the town since 1890, has been developing its girls and women’s section for 25 years and currently has one of the largest youth girls development schemes in the South of England, with 12 teams from U9 to U18.

We want women’s football to be part of the club’s DNA and for girls playing in our youth section to have a successful first team that they can aspire to play for.

The decision to give the Women’s First Team greater parity with the men through dropping the requirement for subsidies follows two seasons of investing in the team as part of the Club’s senior section. The Team plays at the Mustard Seed Stadium in the heart of Fleet, has full use of its facilities, and the players benefit from club perks such as gym membership with Everyone Active as well as professional physio and conditioning support.

These incredible benefits allow the players to concentrate on developing their game with out financial restrictions. The club are looking for new players to benefit from this and are holding First Team trials on Tuesday 18th June at Hart Leisure Centre, 7.00 – 8.30pm.

Caroline Bone, Club Chair, shares her passion for the club and for supporting women’s football. She says “The Club has been through some tough times but I believe in the players we have, the spirit of the club and the volunteers who run it. We want women’s football to be part of the club’s DNA and for girls playing in our youth section to have a successful first team that they can aspire to play for.

“Scrapping subs for the Women’s First Team makes sense for us if we are serious about investing in the club’s future, and we are. There is a lot of talent across all our teams and it’s our job to nurture that and provide an environment for players that demonstrates our commitment to them.”

Nathan Cookson, who was brought over from Basingstoke Town to manage the women’s team, said: “As a local, Fleet Town FC has always impressed me with its drive to improve the club for the sake of the players and for the community it serves. The Women’s team showed great potential in this last season and I’m looking forward to getting started in my new role.

“Women’s football is growing at pace but at non-league level there is still a lot of work to be done to support development of talent and to ensure that there are viable local teams for women to play for. It’s great to see that Fleet Town FC is doing what needs to be done to lay the foundations for a successful future.”

`Images by Amy Croker

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