Peterborough Northern Star Ladies, who recently won promotion to the Women’s Premier League, are not resting on their laurels and are already planning to ensure that their first season in the WPL is a success.
The club will play in Division One Midlands in the WPL and although boss Steve Iredale is hoping that most of his title-winning squad will stick together to test themselves against the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers next season, he is inviting all ladies who play football locally to go along and see if they can make the step-up.
“I don’t think local people realise what a massive step-up we’ve made by winning the East Midlands Premiership last season. We’re now playing at a level that’s never been reached by a female football team in the city before so it’s important that we strive to stay there – not only for the players who made it possible but for future generations of female footballers in the city.
“The closest teams to us at this level are Leicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge, Lowestoft to the East and really nothing directly North until you reach Sheffield. So it’s a big area for us to try and attract players from. But obviously we would like to think that there are some local players who would want the chance to play at that level.”
With this in mind the team will be organising some open training sessions throughout June before getting down to serious pre-season training in July and new players are welcome to come along
“I’m reticent to use the word ‘trial’ as I think that’s being a little unfair to a player – just come along and work out with the rest of the squad and see how you get on,” added Iredale.
Any players that feel they would like to get involved with playing for Northern Star can contact Iredale on 07944 574131 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition the team are actively looking to add junior sides to their ranks before the new season starts.
“We have a first team that is coming to its peak but they can’t go on forever so we need to have teams coming through the ranks to help sustain the momentum,” said Iredale.
“I’m a great admirer of the way that the Northern Star men now have teams from as young as Under 8s right the way through to Under 18s and it helps to feed the first team in due course.”
The club are also looking to attract some sponsorship.
“The costs of running a team in the WPL is obviously greater than what we were used to. We’re looking at nearly £150 just to stage a home game so any help would be appreciated,” said Iredale.
Any local businesses that feel they would like to get involved with the area’s leading local ladies team can contact Iredale on the above number.