Bury FC can now confirm that as of the 1st February 2019 the Women’s First Team, which was previously in association with the club, is now officially part of the clubs internal footballing structure. This will see the Women’s team fall under the overall remit of Lee Dykes our Sporting Director, supported by Scott Johnson (Women’s Manager) and Diana Golding (Head of Women’s Football Development).
As a club, it is important that we not only reach out to, but also represent our community as a whole. We are very proud of our Women's Team and the work being done across the community in schools by our official charity, in partnership with the Premier League, to inspire young women to be part of our sport.
By taking this step and embedding the Women's First Team into our structure and making The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane their home venue, we hope to cement them as role models to women and girls across the borough.
The team currently sit fourth in the Women's Regional League Division One North, but currently have three games in hand on leaders Blackpool. They are unbeaten since Scott Johnson took charge on the 26th October 2018, with 8 wins and 2 draws. They have scored 48 goals so far this season, averaging 4 goals per game.
Manager Scott Johnson told us: "Falling under the professional football club is a massive honour and a positive for the community to show both men's and women's football at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, using the ethos of allowing youth an opportunity and playing attacking football. This is the start of a new era at Bury FC within the women's game and it's ideal for how we want to play our brand of football associated with the club."
We also spoke to some of the Women's Team, who told us what it meant to be playing on the hallowed turf at the stadium:
Leah Dolan defender: "Playing on the pitch at Bury is a privilege that I don't think anyone would turn down. It's definitely a step in the right direction for female football."
Becca Dolman defender: "Bury isn't my hometown or where I grew up, but over the last three seasons of playing for this club, it has had a huge impact on my life and has become like a family! To play in the stadium is an honour and it is the start of big things to come for the Women's Team!"
Lucy Golding Captain: "Playing but also being the Captain is such a privilege for me, organising such a young side on the field and understanding the youth coming through is inspiring. Now to be part of Bury FC and to play in such a great stadium is a massive dream come true"
The women's first fixture at The Energy Check Stadium will be Sunday 24th February and a 2pm kick off.
More information will be released shortly.