Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
The future of women’s and girls’ football at Charlton Athletic
The future of women’s and girls’ football at Charlton Athletic
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Page last updated at 10:10AM BST, Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Under an agreement reached with Charlton Athletic Football Club (CAFC) and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), running of the Women’s and Girls’ football programme has been formally transferred to Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club Limited (CAWFC).

A new structure is seen as the best way to secure the future of women’s and girls’ football in the wake of the FA’s ruling that CAWFC would not be admitted to the newly-formed Women’s Super League 2 division.


An independent entity, Charlton Athletic Women’s FC Limited (CAWFC) has been formed. It will become responsible for adhering to all responsibilities under FA and relevant governing body guidelines and procedures. Stephen King from PHSC plc, the patron of women’s and girls’ football for the Trust, will chair the new company.  Other key personnel are Club Secretary Sue Prior and Stuart Weston who is appointed as First Team Manager.


CAWFC will establish a management committee which includes an appointed representative from CACT.  Stephen commented: “I have to thank all our partners and specifically those who came to support our presentation at the FA’s offices at Wembley, including both Steve Bradshaw, Chief Operating Officer at Charlton Athletic FC, and Jason Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of CACT. Special thanks must go to Steve Sutherland, outgoing chairman of the Trust’s Women’s and Girls’ Football Committee. Steve had held that role since the timely intervention of the Trust in 2007, which enabled women’s football to continue under the Charlton name.”


Following the reorganisation of the women’s football pyramid by the FA, Charlton Athletic Women’s FC will play in the Southern Division of the FA Women’s Premier League, the top tier of winter football.  The club will also enter a team into the Reserve League.  A development squad, made up predominantly of U18 players, have applied to enter as a senior team in the South East Counties League and four junior teams (U10, U12, U14 and U16) will compete in the newly-formed Capital Girls League.


CAWFC have moved quickly to tie down the spine of the squad for the forthcoming season, with the transfer window for approaches from FA Women’s Super League and other clubs now open. Captain Kim Dixson and player of the year Gemma Shepherd are among eleven key players who have now signed three-year contracts that will see them remain with the Charlton women’s team. Seventeen-year-old starlet Kit Graham, who has also put pen to paper, illustrated the upbeat feeling at the club: ““The opportunities we are being given are great and we are moving in the right direction so we are all looking forward to next season now”.

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