Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce a new partnership with AFC Totton that will see Saints’ women’s team play their home games at Testwood Stadium.
The two clubs have linked up from the 2018/19 season, in an agreement that will also see some Academy fixtures played there.
Southampton’s new women’s team, led by former England international Marieanne Spacey-Cale, will compete in the South Region Women’s Football League Premier Division this term, with their training base at Staplewood Campus.
martina heathwe're delighted to be working with afc totton, who have shown a strong desire and flexibility to accommodate our increased fixture programme.
general manager for southampton's girls' and women's programme
AFC Totton Chairman Wayne Mew said: "AFC Totton is delighted to have been chosen as the partners to work with Southampton Football Club over the coming years.
“We look forward to welcoming Southampton’s women’s and academy teams to the Testwood Stadium.
“This partnership is huge for AFC Totton and we look forward to working with the club on all areas to expand our current programme.”
Martina Heath, General Manager for the Girls’ & Women’s Programme at Southampton, said: “We’re delighted to be working with AFC Totton, who have shown a strong desire and flexibility to accommodate our increased fixture programme.
“It was important to find a permanent home for the Women’s team that is within the club’s catchment, and accessible for Saints fans to show their support throughout the season. Testwood Stadium ticks all the boxes and we’re delighted to be working with Wayne Mew and his team in the years to come.”
Beyond the fixture programme the partnership will extend across a number of different areas, from sharing expertise and good practice, to investing in the stadium pitch maintenance programme.
Additionally, Saints Foundation will explore collaborative opportunities to work together for the benefit of the wider community.
Southampton’s women’s side begin their campaign this Sunday, as they visit Winchester City Flyers in an FA Cup preliminary round game.
Their opening three confirmed games at AFC Totton are as follows…
• Sunday 16th September (2pm): Newbury (League)
• Sunday 7th October (2pm): New Milton (League)
• Sunday 28th October (2pm): AFC Bournemouth or Moneyfields (League Cup)