A partnership has been agreed between the Chesterfield FC Community Trust and Chesterfield Ladies FC.
As part of the agreement, the Trust has supplied Chesterfield Ladies with £1,000 worth of equipment, including two kits. Two professional coaches have also been provided by the Trust.
There are five teams - ranging from under-12s to a full open-age team - and Chesterfield Ladies vice-chairman Keith Jackson believes the link-up will offer various benefits to both parties. He said: “Chesterfield FC now have a women’s team as well as a men’s team and younger age groups as well.
“Chesterfield Ladies get to be part of Chesterfield Football Club. They get to wear the kit, have the club branding and receive social media support, which is tremendous. The players are also able to use the gym in The HUB at the stadium.
“Every age group at the end of the season was allowed to play at the Proact Stadium and that experience will help develop them as players.”
Michael Noon from the Community Trust is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. He said: “A lot of other football clubs in the area have got women’s teams and we didn’t have one, so with the Women’s World Cup taking place recently, it’s good to get the partnership signed.
“We received funding from the female football development programme so we have been coaching girls in local secondary schools. The sessions have been really popular, with around 180 girls involved in the programme.
“With the support we are now giving to Chesterfield Ladies, we can help further develop women’s football in the area.”
Formed over 20 years ago, Chesterfield Ladies are based at Arkwright. To find out more about the club, please visit www.chesterfieldladies.co.uk.