Chorley FC have announced the addition of a women’s team.
The Vanarama National League North club posted the following on their website outlining the backstory to this development:
‘TODAY marks an exciting development for Chorley Football Club.
For the last two decades, women’s football has been the fastest growing sport in England.
The FA has made huge strides in creating opportunities for women and girls to play our national sport. Indeed, football is now officially the biggest female team sport in England. Last season over 147,000 female players competed in affiliated league and cup competitions – a figure which has risen from just 10,400 in 1993, when records started.
But there is still massive growth potential – 1.1 million girls play kickabout football and we want to be part of that.
Back in December, Chorley Football Club were approached by Chorley Ladies FC an open age adult ladies football team playing in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division 1.
Formed in 1983, they were playing their matches out of the town at Euxton Villa and were keen to come back home and to develop a relationship with Chorley FC.
Meetings have been held with the committee of Chorley Ladies and ourselves and over the past few months some exciting partnerships have developed.