Tuesday 10 October 2017

Garston Ladies join as Sister Club

Hertfordshire based girls club links with the Hornets...

WATFORD FC LADIES is delighted to welcome Garston Ladies as a 2017/18 sister club. The Hertfordshire based club become the second club to join the programme, along with Stevenage Starlets. 

Garston Ladies FC was formed in 1996 and has grown rapidly to become one of the largest female-only clubs in the county. They have over 300 players across all age groups from Under-5 to open-age, and are actively encouraging more females to play.

Why did you want to be part of this programme?

Being a part of the WSL Sister Club programme gives us the opportunity to work with full-time football coaches and educators. Developing a fruitful working relationship with the highest ranking women's football team in the area gives us a practical working model to either align with, or emulate, as we mature as an organisation and enrich the footballing experience for all players at Garston Ladies Football Club..

How do you think the season will go for Watford Ladies?

This promises to be an exciting season based upon the signings throughout the off-season as the mix of experience with promising youngsters will mean that Watford will be pushing for at least a mid-table finish. C'mon you golden girls!!!

What are you most looking forward to as part of the scheme?

Our girls will be looking forward to the player appearances, matchdays and tournaments. Our coaches will be looking forward to the masterclasses.

Some key facts about your club?

We are a club of over 350 girls and women, and are proud to be the biggest female-only club in Hertfordshire, if not the south East. We started way back in 1996 at a local school and now have 26 teams actively playing football on a regular basis. We are fortunate to be ahead of the curve regarding girls and women participation in football. This cannot be achieved without the dedication of our 64 volunteer coaches and administrators and the support of our parent groups. We are a grass roots and inclusive football club and #proudtobepurple.

Captain Anneka Nuttall becomes the Watford Ladies' ambassador for Garston Ladies, during the 2017/18 season, and was delighted to be involved with such a well run club.

“It’s an honour to be the ambassador for Garston Ladies. The Sister Club Programme is a great way of raising awareness of the women’s game, sharing best practice and providing support. I see this is an exciting opportunity to personally engage with the girls by taking part in their training sessions, providing advice and interacting with the upcoming generation,” she told watford.fawsl.com.

The Sister Club Programme gives grassroots clubs the chance to become affiliated with an FA WSL club. Benefits of the programme include match day experiences, player appearances, match tickets, coaching sessions, tournaments, camps and much more.