Saints announce new under-21 women's team

By SFC Media time Tue 16 May Womens and Girls
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Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce the creation of a new under-21 women’s team for the 2017/18 season.

The new side will build on the success of the Girls’ Regional Talent Club over the past year, offering a sustainable pathway for young female players and strengthening Saints’ commitment to the women’s and girls’ game.

The team, which will be formed of 16 to 21-year-olds, will offer a high-quality training programme with a multi-disciplinary approach, alongside a varied schedule of games against local and FA Women’s Super League development teams to support the players in turning their potential into excellence.

Prospective players are now invited to register for trials at the club’s Staplewood Campus training ground.

Executive Director of Football Les Reed said: "It's fantastic news. It just shows how rapidly the girls' and women's programme has taken off, and how quickly we've moved from negotiating the takeover of the County Centre of Excellence into a Regional Talent Club and now a women's team.

"It will be a very young women's team, which goes with our profile as a club – young players to develop for the future, but it will contain a number of international players and high-quality young girls who have got bright futures in the game, so it is very exciting indeed."

Head of Women’s and Girls’ Football Martina Heath said: "It's massive what we've done this year, but we're not here to stand still.

"We had an amazing season this year with the Regional Talent Club, and we're really conscious that we wanted to continue to support the players who are exiting that programme.

"I think it's really important for the club to be offering a female player pathway throughout, and what's really pleasing is that the club has really supported things in terms of the women's and girls' programme."

Players registering for the trials must be born between 1st September 1996 and 31st August 2001. For full trial dates, and to register your interest in playing for Southampton Football Club’s under-21 women’s team for the 2017/18 season, please click here.

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