FOOTBALL: SOLIHULL Moors have confirmed this week that the club’s ladies side will form an integral part of the Moors Academy with Sarah Westwood taking over as manager.
Solihull Ladies was formed over 20 years ago and has steadily progressed through the years with the team achieving its highest ever finish last season when they were fourth in the FA Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One.
To maintain this momentum the club needs to work on and off the pitch with people who share its philosophy and ambition for success and it is a perfect fit with Moors Academy structure where they already have three teams for girls (under 12’s, 13’s and 15’s).
Players will now have the opportunity to progress to the top level of women’s football, mirroring the existing structure on the boys side.
“This is a dream opportunity for Solihull Ladies Football Club to develop as a community based club, with a strong ambition to achieve success within the Women’s game,” said Westwood, who played for Blues ladies and Aston Villa.
“We cannot wait to get on board at the start of the 17/18 season, and look forward to working with everyone at Solihull Moors Football Club.
“Personally I am delighted to be joining Moors in this new role. I have been involved in Women’s football in the area for over 20 years, and I cannot wait to continue the development of the girls section, creating a successful pathway for girls and women to play football in our community.”
For Academy Manager Mark Fogarty, it is a vital piece of the jigsaw which will enable Solihull Moors to fulfil it ethos to give everyone who wants to play and progress in football, the right opportunities to do so.
He added: “I am delighted to finally secure Sarah and the ladies into our Football structure. It’s been a long process but we were determined to make it happen to ensure a pathway for everyone who wants to play for the club at whatever level.
“I can honestly say now that Moors Academy has something in place for everyone who wants to play at the level their abilities allow.”