BURTON Albion Football Club will be forging closer links with Burton Albion Ladies and will be working together to promote the growth of female participation in the game.
Burton Albion Ladies is the highest ranked women's team in East Staffordshire, with two senior teams operating in The FA Women's National League.
BALFC Junior teams compete between U10s and U18s levels in local and regional league set-ups.
Burton Albion Ladies is independent of BAFC but will receive support from the club, academy and community trust in key areas such as governance, coaching and recruiting players.
Burton Albion Commercial Director Fleur Robinson said: “Women’s football is something we are committed to promoting and growing so we are delighted to be able to work more closely with Burton Albion Ladies.
“There are lots of areas where we can offer support and advice and we are delighted that the Ladies want to see that partnership grow and flourish.
“We are looking forward to having a deeper relationship that will create a pathway for more young girls and women to participate in the game we are all passionate about.”
Matt Hancock, Head of Burton Albion Community Trust, said: “We have always looked to support Burton Albion Ladies and after a series of very productive meetings we are now looking at forging closer links.
“The trust is particularly looking forward to supporting the junior teams as getting more girls into the game is something we all want to see.”
Gill Banton, Club Secretary for Burton Albion Ladies, said: “We are delighted to establish much stronger links with Burton Albion and the Community Trust.
“We can only benefit from their experience, knowledge and resources which will help us further the pathway for our girls and ladies teams to develop and progress within the football pyramid.”