Coventry United will next season play under the name of Rugby Borough FC as they look to return to the Barclays Women’s Championship.
General Manager, Jack Heaselden told rugbyboroughfc.co.uk: “The aim is to hopefully only be in tier three for one year. We want to operate at as high a level as we can off the pitch, so we want not only a Championship mentality but actually a WSL mentality. We’re going to provide things that we don’t necessarily need to provide by the regulations, so giving the girls access to top medical provision and player houses – we’re not seeing it [relegation] as an opportunity to just do the bare minimum. It’s a fantastic facility, there are a lot of clubs even higher up that haven’t got access to this kind of facility, and there are plans in place to expand it and give us our own building, our own gym, so it’s going to become a real hub for the club. We know it’s capable of growth.”
Head Coach Lee Burch and Assistant Sian Osmond will remain in charge, with Burch commenting: “It really shows the forward-planning of the club and where we want to go in the future. We really feel it can benefit both parties. From a head coach point of view, it ticks a lot of the boxes we need and I’m really excited for the future.”
Katy Morris spoke on behalf of our players, saying: “We’ve been training at Rugby’s facilities for the past couple of seasons too so to be on board here now it’s just a very exciting time, to have a club behind us. All the equipment can be stored here, which is something we’ve struggled with in the past, so it is something that’s really ideal. With the staff and players that we have, hopefully it can put us in a good position to compete and hopefully bounce straight back to the Championship.”