Crewe Alexandra Ladies were delighted with the support they received from the Crewe Town Council as they received £500 to start a new under 16’s girl’s football team for the local area as there is no female teams at this age group. The team helps compliment the existing portfolio of 3 girls and women’s teams under the ladies football club, with these teams currently offering opportunities at first team, under 21’s and under 18’s. The money helped the club subsidise the equipment, playing and training costs for the team as the ladies football club absorbed further costing’s through sponsorship and weekly subs. Head Coach Nick Pearce stated “At this particular age group there is a huge national decrease in participation due to lack of provision and cost being a barrier. We at the football club recognised this and have worked with partners such as Crewe Town Council to ensure that cost is not stopping female participants taking part in sport” The club has had a fantastic first season and managed to win their league in the first season. The team started with 5 players however in 8 months has grew into a squad of around 18 players. The development pathway at Crewe Alexandra Ladies looks to help sustain the player pathway in female sport as the players progress through the age groups and continue to take part in sport but also represent the local community on a regional and national scale. The women’s senior team are currently the County Cup champions having beaten off the likes of Stockport and Tranmere and Northwich. This gives the club and all those involved immense pride to being associated with Crewe and the support of the town council has invested in this.