TO celebrate #InternationalWomensDay, Worcester City have announced an exciting new era for their women's side following the creation of Worcester City Women FC Ltd.

The new restructure has been implemented to progress women’s football at the club and will enable them to achieve their ambitious vision for the women’s side.

Worcester City Women FC Ltd will administer all women’s teams from aged 16+ and will work side by side with the WCFC youth development structure for aged 16 and below, to ensure a transparent pathway for young girls and women.

The board of Worcester City Women FC will compromise of former general manager of Tottenham Hotspur Women Nicole Allison and Mark Howard, both of whom have strong experience in the women’s football industry, in addition to WCFC Chairman Steve Goode and Director Luke Cox.

From Worcester originally, Allison has extensive experience working in both men’s and women’s football with players, clubs, rights holders, and agencies.

After completing an MSc in Football Business, she worked at the English Football League and Tottenham Hotspur Women as General Manager during a period which saw the club be promoted to the professional FA Women’s Super League.

Assisted by Howard, Allison will lead the growth of Worcester City Women FC in building a player-centred pathway for young girls all the way through to the first team, and create a sustainable business model with fans at the core. 

Following her appointment, Allison has outlined her intention for the club to be one of the best in the country.

“We want to inspire positive change for women and girls through the power of football, and ensure we build and develop a sustainable club that is for everyone," she said.

"Our vision for this club is ambitious, we want to be a top women’s football club in this country.

"But we recognise that football is not just about winning, it’s more than a game and we are more than a football club.

"We want to ensure we are an asset to our community and have a far-reaching social impact.”

"Mark Howard added “Nicole and I have known each other since her time at Tottenham Hotspur Women.

"Since then, we have been looking for the right opportunity to channel our passion and business expertise to develop women’s football.

"With Nicole being from Worcester, WCFC seemed an obvious choice and after speaking with Luke, Steve and the board and hearing the club’s plans and their desire to re-imagine the women’s teams as a pivotal element of the Worcester City family, we knew we’d found our club”.

Football Club Director Luke Cox said “Nicole and Mark understand what we are working to build here, our values and vision for an inclusive football club that competes sustainably, develops future local talent and is valued within its community.

"Since we began discussions last summer, we’ve been on the same page all the way.

"This new structure will allow us to channel new resources and expertise into the women’s team without detracting from the progression of men’s football.

"As far as we are concerned, we want every Worcester City team to have every opportunity for success.

"Having both competitive men’s and women’s teams will only strengthen the entire football club as a whole.

"We really hope that supporters and the city of Worcester will get behind the women’s team as we begin this exciting new journey”.