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.

We are delighted to announce that from the start of next season, Victory Park will be the home of Chorley FC Women.

From the start of next season, the team will rename as Chorley FC Women and play in the same coloured kit as their male counterparts and junior sides. They will be affiliated to Chorley FC and be a fully-fledged part of our Magpie family, wearing our club crest.

A development team will also be launched and over the next few years we will look to bring additional junior girls teams across to be part of the club. This summer we will be expanding our community coaching to include more girls and mixed activities. The club will also have access to all of our facilities for team fundraising activities, as is the case with all teams playing under the Chorley FC umbrella.

Chief Executive Dave Riche said: “We are delighted to welcome Chorley FC Women to be part of our club.”

“Women’s football is the fastest growing sport and both the football club and our Community Trust have this high on the priority list for development and expansion.”

“We look forward to working with the committee, players, family and friends of Chorley FC Women and this is a really exciting development and addition to our Magpie family.”

Geoff Dawson Club Secretary of Chorley Ladies said: “As an ambitious club, we have always strived to progress and our affiliation with Chorley FC can only be a great move for both of us as I’m sure we both share the same goals and ambitions.

“It is a natural partnership and will allow both clubs to continue their development.”

The involvement of females in football also extends beyond playing. We want to increase the number of female coaches, referees and administrators within our club.’

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