Lynn Ladies footballers will come under the banner of King’s Lynn Town Football Club from next season.
The team, who will wear the same kit as Lynn’s first and reserve teams, will play their home matches on the 3G at Lynnsport, but will compete their county cup games at The Walks.
The move completes another big link with the community, hot on the heels of the recent formation of an under-16s team.
Linnets boss Gary Setchell has welcomed the move, saying: “The England women’s team created a real buzz after their exploits in the World Cup.
“There has been an increase in women and girls wanting to play the game, so it makes sense for us to have a team.
“This isn’t something which is going to make the club any money, but it’s about us linking up more with the community of the town and it can only bear fruits.”
Reserve team boss Robbie Back, who liaised with the current set-up to get them under the football club banner, said: “This is another step forward for the football club with us also linking with the Elite programme and the new under-16 team.
“It’s important for the club to keep making steps into the community.
“For us to now have a women’s team gives us more improvements in the structure of the club and the way we want to progress into the future.”
It remains unsure if the ladies, who currently play in Division One of the Norfolk Women’s and Girls Football League, will have to reform and drop down a couple of divisions.
Matthew Newman will take charge of the team, while Louise Coggles will continue to coach the side.
On the current set of players, Newman said: “They are a good bunch of ladies who need a bit of guidance to improve.
“I believe that, with the right coaching and backing of King’s Lynn Town FC, the ladies’ team could be very successful in the coming season and the future.”
The team will hold trials on the 3G at Lynnsport with a 12.30pm start for anyone aged 16 and above.
Anyone interested can trial on the day or you contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Newman on 07487 865738 for more information.
Tomorrow, King’s Lynn Town host Stratford Town in their final fixture of the season at The Walks.
On Wednesday night, the Linnets guaranteed themselves a top-ten finish in the Southern League Premier Division, courtesy of 3-1 victory over Cambridge City. Turn to page 103 for a match report.