City Ladies Week: Club History
- Mon 05 Nov 2012, 10:08AM
- Posted by Chris Nield
Today marks the start of #cityladiesweek on mcfc.co.uk and we’re kicking-off seven days of dedicated content with a brief history of Manchester City Ladies FC.
Manchester City Ladies FC were formed in the summer of 1987 by a group of female footballers who were City fans.
In 1989, City Ladies kicked-off their first competitive season in Division Two of the North West Women's Football League, although between 1989 and 1996, the club was largely unsuccessful, ending the 95/96 season with just eight players. The club were faced with the decision to either continue or fold.
Thankfully, the decision to continue with City Ladies paid-off. Growth was then rapid, and by the summer of 1997 the club was able to establish a junior section for the first time in its history. From then on the club has gone from strength to strength and now boasts eight teams including under tens, a development squad and two open age teams
The club currently has over 130 registered players across all age groups, and is constantly on the lookout for more talent.
All team managers/coaches are volunteers and hold FA Level 1, 2 or 3 qualifications in coaching, Child Protection and First Aid certification. MCLFC’s day-to-day administration is managed by a volunteer committee giving up a great deal of time and energy to ensure the club continues to run in a professional manner.
The First team play in the FA Women's National League, with the reserve team playing in the FA Women’s Reserve League. City Ladies Development team and U16s play in the Greater Manchester Women’s League. All the other junior teams play in either the South Manchester Girls Football League or West Lancashire Girls Football League.
In 2003, MCLFC achieved FA Charter Standard Club award for both junior and adult sections and with it became the first all-female football club to achieve the award in Manchester. Since receiving the FA Charter Standard Club award, the club has subsequently progressed to FA Charter Development status.
MCLFC teams regularly collect honours at all levels, most recently the U16 team won the 2009 Tesco UK Championships at the Reebok Stadium beating Celtic Ladies.
Over the last few years MCLFC have developed close links with City in the Community who provide invaluable assistance including helping with new kit supplies, fundraising activities as well as helping secure the Regional Athletics Arena at Etihad Campus for first team home matches.
In August 2012, the club signed an agreement with MCFC to form a new limited company. The new partnership with MCFC will help secure the future success and development of MCLFC and is the start of an exciting new era for the club.
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