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Watford Football Club are delighted to announce a three-year deal that will see them invest a five figure sum per annum in the highly successful Watford Ladies Football Club.
Bucking the recent trend of Premier and Football League clubs who have pulled out of similar initiatives, the Hornets have moved to build on their existing links with the Ladies' set-up via their burgeoning Community Sports and Education Trust.
The deal - signed on Monday - builds on the current one year arrangement that has seen the Ladies' team provided with support and resource from the Coca-Cola Championship side.
If successful it is hoped the deal can be extended beyond its initial three-year period to a longer term five year agreement, with continued funding for Watford Ladies, the club that was formed in 1970.
Monies will be provided by the Hornets across the lifetime of the deal, which in turn will be managed by the CSE Trust, the club's charitable arm who are tasked with further promoting and raising the standard of women's football across the region.
Watford's contributions will range from supplying full training and match kit, travel and transport costs, medical fees and the provision of playing and training facilities. The club will also get the chance to develop and work alongside the Hornets own coaching teams.
Watford's Girls and Women's Development Manager, Rob Clarke said: "It's an important commitment from Watford Football Club to girls and women's football in our region, at a time when most other clubs are considering their futures within the game.
"It adds to our great portfolio of work in the community and stretches our commitment to women's football, which has in the past been centred on our Girls Centre of Excellence," added Clarke, who last year joined the committee of Watford Ladies Football Club to support and monitor the development of the agreement.
Julian Dodwell, Watford Ladies Chairman said: "We've been pleased with Watford's commitment to working with us over the past season and with us now going into the National Division it is nice that we are able to further that relationship at such a crucial time.
"Hopefully we'll now be in a position to grow Watford Ladies at a sensible rate, with real tangible support from the Hornets. Our aims fit with each other and that can only be of benefit to our community."
Sian Williams, Manager of Watford Ladies commented: "Watford's backing is really encouraging for both me and the players, who can only hope to develop as we enter this new era.
"To have a sense of belonging within the wider football community can only help us and we'll certainly be more recognisable to opponents during the coming season. As it is with Aidy Boothroyd and his side, we're here to be serious and successful and the hope is that we can reflect well on the club's reputation throughout the season."
The news coincides with the team's promotion to the FA Women's Premier League, and follows a successful pilot season in which the Hornets supported and promoted the Ladies considerable achievements.
This summer the side have gained further notoriety by scooping the coveted National Futsal Championship as well as winning the recent Wembley Umbro Fives trophy.
Throughout the season Watford Ladies will be featured within the pages of the Hornets' match day magazine, whilst regular reports and news items can be found at the official Watford website.
Last season Watford Football Club welcomed guests from Watford Ladies to Vicarage Road for their fixture for against Sheffield United, when both parties were on hand to officially launch the first phase of the joint venture.
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