Real Bedford announce new partnership with Bedford Ladies and Girls FC

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Luke Knight and Gemma Franklin

Bedford’s tenth tier football club have now officially completed their daring rebrand to Real Bedford FC, and have now announced they are teaming up with the town’s Ladies team.

As the largest female football community in the county, the Women have been a standalone club since 1996 and boast seventeen teams covering Under 8’s all the way through to senior football.

The Ladies first team play at Step Five of the Women’s football pyramid, and with their male counterparts in the tenth tier, they are both now coming under the ambitious umbrella of Real Bedford.

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Respective Chairs, Peter McCormack and Jill Henry

Real Bedford’s new Chairman, Peter McCormack reflected on a promising future for both the Men’s and Women’s team at a special event on Tuesday evening.

“Bedford Ladies is a wonderfully run club promoting grass roots football. As part of our plan to support football in Bedford, we hope that by partnering with them we can help support their ambition of enabling all girls to play and enjoy football.

Ground share for Men and Women

McMullen Park will now be the home ground for both sides, with McCormack committing to the progression of the Women’s team by pledging funds and resources to coaches who wish to complete their coaching badges.

“This partnership is a great way to fast track the goals of Bedford Ladies and provide them with the facilities and support they need to be able to get there”, said Peter.

The Chair of Bedford Ladies, Jill Upton has led the efforts in the female football community in the County, and is excited about the upcoming partnership with one of football’s most daring projects.

“We have always been independent, but we feel if we are going to achieve our ambitions we need to partner with a forward thinking club that is excited to promote female football too”, said Jill.

First team managers Rob Sinclair and Simon Henry

On the pitch, former Eynesbury Rovers manager and Bedford Town midfielder, Rob Sinclair has taken over as first team manager and will be hoping to guide his team to promotion from the tenth tier.

Sinclair has also brought a number of Eynesbury players with him to McMullen Park in a bid to improve the squad and challenge for the top places of the South Midlands Division One table.

Henry meanwhile will look to build on the Ladies’ efforts in the Eastern Region Premier League.

Bedford Ladies will be holding trials at Allen Park on 16th, 20th and 23rd June from 7.15pm to 9.00pm.

Open trials for all youth teams will be held throughout June, on Mondays and Thursdays. For more information, you can contact info@bedfordladies-girlsfc.org.

For those interested in obtaining their coaching badges, you can contact Jill Henry on jill@bedfordladies-girlsfc.org.

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