Norwich City Women are set to be fully integrated into the operations of the club.
The Women’s team will now become completely integrated into the club and be a part of day-to-day operations alongside the Norwich City Men’s sides.
This change was announced this morning with a view to accelerate the progress of the women’s side of the club and to encourage further development in this area.
This news follows the resignation of Louise Riseborough, who has been chair of the volunteers that have previously ran the Women’s team.
The business director of the club Zoe Ward said: ‘We have developed a close relationship with the volunteers running the women’s teams,
‘It seemed like an opportune moment to look to bring them in-house.’
Zoe Ward also suggested that this would bring fresh opportunity for the side, she said: ‘Working closely with the Community Sports Foundation, we’ll now take time to properly evaluate and take stock of where the teams are at,
‘We would like to say a special thank you to all the volunteers that have helped to support the women’s team in recent years,
‘We’re very excited to be welcoming the women’s teams to the wider Norwich City family and seeing how they grow over the coming years.’
Norwich City Community Sports Foundation chief executive officer Ian Thornton, said: ‘The support from both the football club and foundation for the women’s teams has been significant and has increased even further in recent years,’
‘It (Community Sports Foundation) has been a whole new experience for the player pathway through our community engagement and development programmes’
Norwich City Women currently sit 11th in the National League South East Division One, and face 12th placed Stevenage this weekend where a win could see them climb to 9th. The change of system at Norwich City will aim to further develop the side and help them progress both on and off the pitch.
This announcement comes on the day that Premier League sides Leeds United and Everton reveal their partnership with ‘Her Game Too’, the campaign to raise awareness of sexism within football.