Gloucester City Co-Chairman Alex Petheram has confirmed that the newly formed Gloucester City Women side will be playing at Meadow Park next season as the Tigers look to bring all clubs to the same level playing field.
Petheram look to Twitter to confirm that the Gloucestershire County League side will be added to the Gloucester Sport brand that consists of City’s Men’s, U18s, U21s and U23s sides as well as newly acquired Gloucester Knights basketball side.
Severn Sport spoke to Petheram about the decision and he confirmed that the aim is to bring the Women’s side into the full time model to mimic the Men’s team.
“For us we wanted to make sure that we had Elite Sport across all aspects of the football club,” Petheram said.
“We are delighted to bring the Women’s team to the main club with the formation of the new side in the County League.
We will be supporting this side with a budget with the realistic short term aim to get that side into the full time model as quickly as possible to mimic the Men’s side.
Women’s football is growing which is fantastic and we felt that this move is the right thing for the club,” Petheram added.
In the Tweet (below) Petheram also confirmed that Gloucester City season ticket holders will be allowed entry to watch all of the sides play at Meadow Park next season, to give back to the club’s fans.
“Due to how loyal our fans have been over the years and in particular in the last year or so, in the sense they have continued to support us despite not being here, we felt it was important of giving back to them – with the benefit of being able to watch and support all of our sides to help grow the club and Gloucester Sport as a brand,” said the City Co-Chairman.
During the chat with Severn Sport, Petheram has also confirmed that the Women’s side are looking to announce the management team in the close season – with trials for the side to take place at Meadow Park over the summer months.
Also, Petheram spoke to us about the ever-growing Gloucester Sport brand and hinted at what is next for the brand.
“We are still looking for a Commercial Manager [at Gloucester Sport] but we have made a formal offer to an individual to become CEO of Gloucester Sport. They would then work side by side with the Commercial Manager to run and grow the brand.
Excitingly I can also reveal that we have been speaking to a Design and Branding company prior to the official launch of the brand – which should be done in time for next season,” Petheram said.
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