Charlton Club sponsor Charlton Women
Report by Wendy Perfect - Valley Gold
Page last updated at 10:31PM BST, Thursday, 28 August 2014
We are delighted to announce Charlton Club are sponsoring the Women's team this season
I am delighted that Charlton Club have decided to support the women and girls. On behalf of the women and girls I’d like to thank the committee of Charlton Club for their vote of confidence in the work we are doing.”
Chairman Stephen King
Charlton Club, the organisation responsible for Valley Gold and Jackpot tickets donates most of its profits to Charlton Athletic Football Club’s esteemed academy, which has produced some great players over the years like Steve Brown, Richard Rufus, Scott Parker and more recently Chris Solly, Jordan Cousins and Joe Gomez.
However, our rules state that the object of Charlton Club is that it’s ‘established and shall be conducted wholly or mainly in or support of athletic sports or games or cultural activities’. What this basically means is that we can consider supporting other activities/projects and one such cause which Charlton Club has backed in the past and has decided to support again is Charlton’s women’s team.
They were formed in 2000, when Croydon, who had won the league title and lifted the FA Cup the previous season, came under the umbrella of the Addicks. In the 2004/5 season Charlton claimed the biggest prize in the women’s game thanks to a 1-0 victory over Everton at Upton Park with Eniola Aluko scoring the winning goal.
After the men’s team were relegated to the Championship the funding from the football club dried up and after some battling performances under the leadership of former Addicks first team favourite Paul Mortimer, Charlton were relegated from the top tier of women’s football.
Today, Charlton’s women’s football club runs three women’s teams (first, reserves and development) and five Junior teams (Under 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16). The first team plays in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division, which is the highest standard league in Women’s winter football. They also compete in the FA Women’s Cup, The FA Women’s Premier League Cup, and the Capital (London) Cup of which they are the current holders.
I think you’ll all agree that this is quite a big operation and the cost of providing facilities, coaching staff, kit, equipment, travel expenses etc. runs into the thousands.
So when Stephen King, a Charlton season ticket holder and the chairman of Charlton Women approached us for some help the Charlton Club committee decided it was a good cause that they wanted to support.
Consequently, Charlton Club have decided to donate £2000 to Charlton women and will be sponsoring a first team match, having a seasonal full page advert in their programme, two perimeter boards at their ground and providing bench coats for their playing staff and substitutes at first team games.
Stephen King says “I am delighted that Charlton Club have decided to support the women and girls in this way. The women’s team used to be one of the top two clubs in the country, and we’re trying hard to restore them to that position. Having Valley Gold on board is a win-win situation for us and for Charlton Club, and on behalf of the women and girls I’d like to thank the committee of Charlton Club for their vote of confidence in the work we are doing.”
It would be great if some of our Valley Gold members or Charlton fans could go along to support the women’s first team as well. They play at Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ and is easily accessible by car and bus. Their season kicks off on Sunday, August 24th, away to Keynsham Town and their first competitive home game takes place on Saturday August 31st with a League Cup match against Swindon Town. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for juniors and concessions.