AFC Fylde Reverse Decision To Disband Women’s Team

AFC Fylde have reversed their decision to disband their women’s team. Four weeks ago it the club announced it was disbanding their Women’s team due to the coronavirus pandemic. However Fylde will carry on next season in the third tier – the National League Northern Premier Division.

In an interview with the club website, Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite said: “It’s fantastic news and something I’m delighted about.

“Right from the very beginning when I started to try to build a Fylde brand, it’s always been my aim to make it more than just men’s football here.”

As part of the restructure, assistant manager Kim Turner will step up to manage the team alongside club captain Danielle Young, who will become player-co-manager.

Former boss Conrad Prendergast will move away from the women’s side to work with AFC Fylde’s academy.

Turner told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The club got a lot of media attention, which was great for us. The one thing we really wanted was just to a conversation to see how we could make it work instead of just getting rid of it, and they were willing to listen.

“It’s been the craziest three weeks within a crazy time that’s going on anyway, and the fact we’ve got this turned around and the girls can stay together means so much.

The women’s team will play their home games at Kellamergh Park, Coronation Road, Kirkham of AFC Fylde.

 

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