Bath City FC prepares to launch women’s team

By Nick Batten on 10 June, 2022

Bath City FC has announced its intention to set up a new women’s team with the aim of playing in the Somerset County League in the forthcoming season.

The move has been made possible through the support of Novia Financial, which has come on board as the founding sponsor of the team.

Bath City Women will wear the famous black and white striped kit and will play their home games at Twerton Park.

This is not the first time that the Club has had a women’s team – in 1921, Bath Ladies FC played in front of 31,000 spectators at Old Trafford, at a time when women’s football was extremely popular after the men’s game had been stopped by the First World War. Just over 100 years later, sees the launch of an ambitious project to create a new successful women’s team at the club.

Speaking about the decision to launch the women’s team, Chair of the community-owned Bath City FC, Nick Blofeld said, “As a community-owned club with a commitment to inclusion, we’ve wanted to get a women’s side up and running for a number of seasons.

“Thanks to Novia, we now have the resources in place to launch our women’s team in a sustainable and hopefully successful way. We are ambitious for our women’s team and want to provide the best support for them both on and off the pitch. Playing home games at Twerton Park is a clear demonstration of our one club, two teams approach whereby our women’s team is treated equally with our men’s.”

Tara Taylor, Platform Support Engineer at Novia, who featured in the launch of the women’s team at Twerton Park, added, “I’ve played in local football teams for over 20 years so I’m thrilled that we’re going to have a Bath City Women’s team and I’m proud that Novia is helping to make it happen. It’s inspiring that Bath City wants to make the women’s team equal to the men’s as from experience I’ve seen that’s not always the case. I can’t wait for the first match and everyone at Novia will be following the team’s progress closely, cheering them all the way.”

The next steps will be the recruitment of the Head Coach and a Recruitment Day at Twerton Park on Sunday 10th July for anyone interested in playing for Bath City Women.

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Pictured at Twerton Park (left to right): Carole Banwell, General Manager Bath City FC; Tara Taylor, Platform Support Engineer Novia Financial; Jane Jones, Women’s Team Lead Bath City FC