Birmingham City Womens Sister Club
In 2016, the club's girls' section had come such a long way in a short time and had already had team from U8 to Ladies competing very well on pitch. As part plans to move girls' football forward even further the club applied and were accepted as the first ever Gold Level Sister Club for Birmingham City Ladies FC, a relationship we have continued over subsequent years.
The Sister Club scheme was launched to create greater engagement between grassroots girls' teams and the clubs playing the Women's Super League. The Blues have been in the Women’s Super League from the beginning and have several current England players in their squad. They are ambitious on and off the pitch, and so we felt a natural affinity with them.
The benefits are numerous. The club receives BCLFC player visits during the season, we go on club trips to Sister Club days, where our young players have been mascots and flag wavers at many Women’s Super League games, tournament days against Birmingham's other sister clubs, and player and coaches coaching sessions from BCLFC players, including Birmingham City legends Kerys Harrop, Rachel Williams and Aoife Mannion and now current squad members such as Connie Scofield.
Being a Sister Club has raised our profile, not just as girls football club but as a club, and offers our players better opportunities, coaching and chances to attend unique football events and experiences. It's also had the added benefits of attracting new players, sponsors, and lots of media interest.