FA Women’s Championship club London City Lionesses have announced an academy partnership with Kent Girls Elite FC.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were made aware of the news via an official club press release earlier today.
It has been reported that Kent Girls Elite FC will be renamed London City Lionesses Kent Player Development Programme while all of their teams will wear London City Lionesses kit from next season. The partnership will also form a pathway for young players in Kent to progress into the professional game with London City Lionesses.
Kent Girls Elite FC currently operate from Under-12 to Under-16 levels and their system will feed into London City Lionesses’ Development Squad with the addition of an Under-18 side, which supports the first team currently playing in the FA Women’s Championship. From next season, Kent Girls Elite FC will play under the name of London City Lionesses Kent Girls.
Speaking about the new partnership, Diane Culligan, Chairwoman of London City Lionesses said “This is an important moment for London City Lionesses. This marks a huge opportunity for the club to grow and to offer those from Kent Girls Elite’s existing network a pathway into the professional game.
“We have been working hard to embed ourselves in the community from day one and this is a huge step. I hope that many of the young players in Kent will be able to look at our first team playing on a professional level and realise that that could be them one day.
London City Lionesses will offer elite coaching support, football pathways and educational programmes to an expanded pool of youth players from the Kent area as part of the deal.