A newly formed ladies football club are backing the Sports Hub proposals at Higham’s Playing Fields.
Accrington Stanley Girls and Ladies merged with local side St Josephs this summer. The new club is registered to Lancashire Football Association and will become charter standard within its first year. There are currently around 30 ladies registered to the club who will become affiliated to Accrington Stanley Community Trust and benefit from the charity’s expertise and resources.
Becki De-Maine, Secretary of Accrington Stanley Girls and Ladies said ‘’the Sports Hub will allow the Ladies team to sustain, experience and continue their footballing journey on state of the art playing surfaces for years to come. This will also help pave the way for the development of not just the current members but for future girls and ladies teams who will come under the ASCT banner by having regular access to the Sports Hub.
The Sports Hub will provide a safe and secure area for the whole community to undertake their chosen recreational activities. By having a Sports Hub with facilities that could be used all year round, this will enable the Trust to deliver and host events aimed specifically at increasing participation in Womens Football at all levels.’’
Martin Fearon, Community Trust Manager said ‘‘this is a fantastic opportunity for the team to be representing Accrington Stanley Community Trust and we want to help grow female grassroots football over the coming years. By teaming up with an established ladies team it gives the new club a solid base to start from and rewards the current players with additional coaching, new training and match kits, equipment and better access to facilities.‘’
Accrington Stanley Girls and Ladies will use the Higham’s Sports Hub as a base for all of their training sessions and matches.
Accrington Stanley Community Trust are currently working with an architect to design the Sports Hub and will shortly submit a planning application to Hyndburn Borough Council. Once the designs have been confirmed they will be made available for the public to see via our website www.stanleytrust.co.uk