Notts County relaunch women’s team


Following the launch of a Girls’ Academy at the start of the 2017-18 season, Notts County say they will launch a senior team, Notts County Women, for the start of the new campaign in August.

County controversially withdrew from WSL 1 on the eve of the 2017 Spring Series due to large debts but they now feel the time is right to re-introduce a senior women’s side.

Chairman and owner Alan Hardy told the club’s website: “When we launched the girls’ academy at the start of last season, we always had a plan to integrate this with a senior team to create an exit pathway for those graduating from the academy.

The rate at which we have progressed has been beyond our expectations and, after careful consultation with the Football Association, we have decided it is the right time to take the next step in our long-term plan.”

Hardy told BBC Sport: “We understand that we may need to start at the bottom and work through the leagues. In five years we want to be at WSL 2 level, and that is a realistic ambition.”

The club will be holding trials on 27 May at Meadow Lane, email to register.