Club spotlight: Getting to know Basingstoke Town Ladies FC
Behind every great player is a great club, full of dedicated coaches, staff and volunteers all working to provide a nurturing environment – One such club is Basingstoke Town Ladies FC,
let’s get to know them in more detail.
Basingstoke Town Ladies FC are a high achieving club who are always striving for greater success with both their first and reserve team.
In fact, they are the most successful club in North Hampshire and work tirelessly to encourage participation at all levels. The club boasts a Reserve and First team to develop player’s skills thereby creating a pathway from youth to adult participation.
Basingstoke Town Ladies FC are enjoying a greater challenge this season, having newly promoted to the Premier League (South West). The team also reached the Hampshire Cup final!
The Club has linked up with the men’s team to play all home games at The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium, the home of Basingstoke Town FC. This is an exciting time for the Club and will enable the first team to accept promotion to the FA Women’s Premier League as it can now fulfil stringent ground requirements that the league demands.
The reserve team play in Hampshire Division 2 and aim on developing players, some who move up to the first team.
Rob Quilter is first team manager at Basingstoke Town Ladies FC, who is developing a good understanding of each individual in his squad and how to implement this into a successful team. Alongside Rob, Ben Swaffield has taken control of the reserve team developing young talent to progress into the first team.
Formed in 1992, Basingstoke Town Ladies FC came into difficulties in 1999 and the club nearly had to fold. Thanks to the effort of then Secretary Clare Hodder and Chairman Ian Walkom, the Club is now thriving attracting players from the Basingstoke and Deane area and beyond.
The Club has worked hard to achieve the FA Charter Standard award which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football.
In the community:
Basingstoke Town Ladies FC is a club that truly wants toget involved in the community.
The club focuses on enjoyment of the game and getting women into sport, encouraging activity within their community. Both managers work to individually improve players with their hard-thought out training drills and tactical decisions on the pitch.
Basingstoke Town Ladies FC is a club that runs on volunteers and without them they would not have the club so are always looking for people who would like to be involved, be it in coaching or the more administrative posts within the club.
As with many football clubs, a crucial part to the running of this club is sponsorship: since gaining promotion, they have also gained a valuable sponsor in a local company called OneSpace, who have been fantastic and pretty much funded their whole season!
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