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Bradford City Women's Football Club are pleased to announce that plans for next season are now set in place.
The club has been working tirelessly behind the scenes over the past few months ready to embrace ‘A New Beginning' and putting last season's difficulties behind them.
As well as working towards strengthening the first team squad, Bradford will be reinstating their reserve team back into the fold. Both teams will be competing in the official FA Women's National League and Reserve League respectively for the forthcoming 2019-20 season. This is just one of many new modules that City have planned for this ‘new beginning'.
Open age (16+) trials/pre-season training start on Tuesday 25th June at 6.45pm at Rawdon Meadow playing fields then every Tuesday and Thursday at that time, plus Sunday mornings at 10.00am (dependant on friendly fixtures).
They will run continually right up until the start of the new season and the club welcome all existing and new players to trial / train. New players are asked to pre-register with Head Coach Steve Winterburn via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Winterburn kept his message short and optimistic: "It goes without saying that last season was one to forget. Since my return to City, the last five months have been extremely difficult to endure for both me and the players.
"Now it's time to look forward to a new beginning and since the club's announcement of our new plans and pre-season information, the interest shown from new players has been a breath of fresh air.
"Headlining our announcements and promotions is the title of ‘A New Beginning' and that's exactly what is happening. New chairman, new coaches, new structure, new ideas, new plans and an exciting new relationship with the men's club has now put smiles back on the faces of the hardworking people who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get this club back on track. On a personal note, I can't wait to get our pre-season underway and bring back the excitement that has been missing for so long at Bradford City Women's FC."
Goalkeeping coach Dan Nicol joined City back in November from Castleford White Rose Ladies and has nothing but praise for his young charges. He said: "From my perspective I've been extremely happy with the commitment and desire shown by the goalkeepers since I joined. Despite the results, their resilience and desire to learn has been fantastic.
"We'll regroup in a month, allowing time to sort any niggling injuries then start our high intensity pre-season activities. If they develop half as much as they did last season I'll be extremely happy!!
"On a separate note, congratulations to Phoebe Tomlin, who'll be following her dream and continuing her journey in America soon. As a result we'll be looking to welcome any keepers to training/pre-season with a view to creating some healthy competition in our ranks."
Off the field, Sally Thackray's reign as Chairperson has come to an end as she takes a well deserved retirement to spend more time with her family. Committee member Mark Hird will be stepping into Sally's considerable shoes, and has already been making good inroads into developing relationships with Bradford City AFC and has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure vital funding and sponsorship for the club as they look to bounce back from their season to forget. Sally was recently recognised for her contributions to women's football with an on-field presentation at Valley Parade, followed by a further presentation by the FAWNL at the recent play-off final between Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United.
Hird has a very clear view of his immediate priorities: "We are looking to go back to basics and, essentially, start the club from scratch. The aim is to build back up and regain our reputation, then push on towards the Championship.
"Next season we will be hoping to sustain our league position and, depending on the players we recruit, push for promotion. To start with, stability is the most important thing for us."
Long time Treasurer Allyson Matthews, mum of former City winger Rosie McDonnell, is also stepping down. She and Sally have been a formidable partnership at BCWFC for a number of years, virtually running the club on their own for a number of years with the support of the coaches before the committee expanded two seasons ago.
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