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Lewes currently sit at their highest point in the football hierarchy, having firmly established themselves in the South East Combination with consecutive top half finishes following promotion in 2006-07.
On July 8th 2010, Lewes Football Club moved from private to community ownership. To spread ownership wider, from July 8th 2011 shares in the Rooks became available at a minimum price of £30 per annum. The Ladies side have all taken up shares and therefore have become owners of Lewes FC. Every penny raised through the share programme goes towards strengthening their non for profit community club. Both Ron Moore, Director of Ladies Football, and Jacquie Agnew, the Ladies Manager, are founder shareholders and also sit on the Executive Board and contribute to matters relating to the Club as a whole.
The Ladies are fully integrated into the Lewes FC set up, enjoying one of the best pitches in any league at the Dripping Pan. The new Board are fully behind the Ladies and there has been a welcomed step change at the club in terms of inclusion and support. Since 2002 the Ladies side have won five trophies and bought much success to the Club as a whole and this season they are hoping to add even more silverware. The new Club GM, Steve Duly is keen to galvanise all areas of Lewes FC and with his support, matters off the pitch are in very safe hands.
The Rooks Ladies have also made a number of new signings this season which has enabled them to strengthen and every position now has competition. This is especially important as the Ladies have entered four Cup Competitions this season:
The new signings have all played at a higher level and will bring both experience and quality in all areas of the pitch. Stacey Baker, a solid defender with pace, Millie York, a young prospect with good technical skills, Jo Garnier, a midfielder whose has both pace and vision and Beth Richardson, a skilful midfield playmaker, have all joined the club along with Veiga, a technically gifted player and Holly Grogan, a forward with lots of flair.
In addition to the squad, the backroom team has also been strengthened with Dave Cole coming in as Head of Development and Tom Fawdry as Coach. Tom Betts has also joined as Goalkeeping Coach whilst Steve Cameron (fitness & conditioning sessions) gives the Rooks that extra edge as he implements best practice. They will be focusing on efficiencies on the pitch and bringing the best out of the players.
The team is sponsored by Logistics Company CDL who are based in Gatwick and the Club has provided new Adidas kits and training gear so that all teams have the same club identity.
'We are in good shape both on and off the pitch and I can't praise the Club enough for all their support, We are relishing the season ahead and hopefully we can make our Club and Community proud once again," said manager Jacquie Agnew.
Lewes have made a soaring start to the new season in the South East Combination, winning both of their opening two matches and scoring 17 goals in the process.
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