The Club reports that after establishing a partnership at the beginning of the 2019/20 season, they have now consolidated their formal partnership with Boldmere St Michaels F.C, and as of the 2020/2021 Season, will be officially recognised as Boldmere St Michaels Women F.C.
Currently, Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies compete in the FA Women’s National League Division 1 Midlands, the fourth tier of women’s football in England, and the newly rebranded club will continue to do so for the forthcoming campaign.
Great day in the history of Boldmere St Michaels FC – Rob Mallaband
In a deal that solidifies a partnership that has already seen the club make positive strides – including relocating their training and playing venue from Castle Vale to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, and the introduction of an Under 18’s side at the beginning of the 2019/20 season – Marcus Webber’s side, traditionally a single-entity club, will now be established as Senior Women’s side of a club that boasts an impressive 67 teams.
More importantly, especially amid the current climate plagued with uncertainty due to the ongoing global pandemic, the merger provides much-needed club stability, sustainability and all-round support.
Helen Carver, who was General Manager of Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies F.C since it was established in 1998 said, “I wholeheartedly welcome this fantastic news!” she began. “As the game evolves, and to ensure our club survives and evolves with the FA, it’s absolutely vital that this name change occurred… Boldmere St Michaels have a long history of positive community-spirited football with [the] development of players at the heart of what they achieve.
“We have had a fantastic season building the partnership in readiness for this name change and in readiness to continue to progress and develop women’s and girls’ football as Boldmere St Michaels Women F.C.”
Rob Mallaband, Current Chairperson of Boldmere St Michaels F.C., was equally enthused by the news, “Boldmere St Michaels has a long and proud history in the Men’s senior game. A few years ago, the club defined a new and exciting vision that would evolve the club into becoming a community club; offering our fantastic facilities to all ages across the Men and Women’s game, and this is fast becoming a reality.
He continued, “We are proud to welcome our Women’s team to the family club and have high aspirations for both the Women and Men’s senior teams. This is a great day in the history of Boldmere St Michaels F.C.”
Both parties have a real drive to be successful… – Marcus Webber
Along with providing much-needed sustainability, the merger also reinforces the club’s on-field aspirations to build on last season’s efforts that saw them sitting second-place in the table before the season was declared null and void due to COVID-19. Webber’s Boldmere will now reset, look to push for promotion the third tier of women’s football, and strive to become a Women’s Championship club within the next ten years.
Furthermore, it will also enable the club to establish a full Women’s football pathway by introducing an Under 16’s side (to act as natural progression to the Under 18 and the first teams), as well as running a BTEC Football Programme in partnership with Sutton Coldfield College (BMET). A move that will not only benefit women’s football, it will also provide coaching opportunities to first-team players, with Alex Liddiard, Rhiannon Travers, and Shan Turner taking up roles.
Commenting on the merger, Women’s Manager Marcus Webber said, “The successful merging of Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies F.C and Boldmere St Michaels F.C., is a hugely positive forwards step for both clubs.
“Both parties have a real drive to be successful in the Women’s game, at both first team level, and youth levels. As a club, we now have a really strong platform to improve our first team, develop the players at our club, and ultimately, grow the club as a whole.”
For the players
Besides from the coaching opportunities the merger has created, it will also see all first-team players being given a host of benefits including ‘free subs’; use of the brand new changing facilities at Boldmere on home match-days; and free gym access at the Boldmere clubhouse.
Matches will also be recorded through ‘veo’ – newly installed at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground – which weekly match analysis sessions will be run from.
Welcoming the Women’s team to the fold, Alan Parsons, Current President of Boldmere St Michaels F.C said, “Another string to the bow of our famous football club as we formally welcome the Boldmere St Michaels Women’s team to Church Road.
“I personally played the last embers of my non-league career here at Boldmere, little realising that over thirty years later I would still be involved and active within the club. I hope that our Women have such an enjoyable time like I have had, and look forward to their presence and influence at Boldmere St Michaels F.C.”
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