Chichester City Ladies’ reserves are to become the club’s development team and move into the Women’s Premier League reserve section.
After winning the South East Counties division-one west title this season, they could have moved into the same league’s premier division – but have opted for a different route.
Because City’s ladies’ first Team compete in the South West Combination League, the reserves have the opportunity to join the reserve section. They be called the development team as the focus is on ensuring player movement into the firsts on a regular basis.
The club are keen to develop players for the first team and this will be helped by the development team playing the likes of Tottenham, West Ham, Charlton, Gillingham, QPR, Pompey, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Brighton, C&K Basildon and Lewes.
This is a huge step forward for the club and will hopefully benefit all players as well as improving the progress of players into the first team.
Development team manager Caz Henry-Evans said: “This is a great step in the right direction and the decision was made after discussion with the team. They are excited at the opportunity and want to work hard to win as many games as they can.
“We had a great season winning the South East Counties division-one west title and getting to the semi-finals of the League Cup, only losing on penalties. We are all looking forward to the challenges we will face for 2014-15.”