Evo-Stik teams to promote the women's game
The EVO-STIK League North clubs - in the advance stages of talks to combine their resources since announcing plans to merge in February - will run a women’s programme in parallel with their activities around the men’s game to ensure a new sports club for all.
The proposed merger for season 2018-19 is subject to approval from both the Football Association and Northern Premier League and the clubs have already confirmed it will not affect the next generation of youngsters coming through their respective youth programmes.
In the latest details released for fans and interested parties, the clubs say the new Ossett United women’s team will be based at Albion's Dimple Wells and will be the first to benefit from planned ground improvements including a new UEFA standard 4G pitch, four changing rooms, a purpose-built gym, café and a club shop.
The West Riding County FA's CEO Hannah Simpson backed the plans in the latest joint statement from the clubs on the proposed merger.
“Women’s football in the region is growing stronger every year and we have had some great players produced from team based in West Yorkshire," said Simpson. "With a professional coaching structure in place and a dedicated facility I believe this new club is an exciting prospect and hope that it becomes a club the people of Ossett and surrounding areas can be proud of.”