Ladies football in Faversham is boosted with Elizabethans and Strike Force merger
Faversham Town Elizabethans Football Club celebrated merging with Faversham Strike Force Football Club this weekend by hosting a girl’s football festival.
A one team club; Elizabethans will now play under the Faversham Strike Force banner and represent the club in the South East Counties Women’s League and Kent FA Cups.
The merger will see Strike Force’s reputation as one of Kent’s leading community football clubs continue to grow.
The club are set to have 17 teams next season; including youth teams from Under -7 through to Under 18, three senior men’s teams and now the ladies side.
Club manager Gary Axford told the club’s website: “This is brilliant news and something we have been working on for a number of months now. Elizabethans shared the same values and beliefs that we are committed to such as football for all regardless of gender, ability and age”.
Former Elizabethans player and coach, Natalie Curtis was delighted with the merger.
She said: “For us the merger was all about securing the future of ladies and girls football in Faversham. Strike Force has the experience and structure to support and develop female participation in the town and we are really excited to drive this forward.”
The merger will see the development of the ladies team as well as a turn up and play session at the club on a Tuesday evening. Strike Force will also be represented at girls football festivals like the one hosted on Saturday, which involved Anchorians, Larkfield and Grasshoppers.
Axford added: “The club is on a huge wave of success. 2015 has seen us host our biggest tournament in June and gain promotion to Kent County Premier division to name a few successes.
“We have more members than ever and next season will see us offer provision for the whole community to play football at a level and age that is accessible to everyone”.