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United Hampstead

Hampstead FC and Hampstead Women FC are delighted to announce that they have signed an agreement to merge the clubs under the Hampstead FC name. The deal brings together the largest youth football club in North London with one of the most successful women’s teams in the Borough, and places Hampstead FC firmly on the map as one of the leading community female teams in the Capital.

Diane Culligan, Hampstead FC Chairperson, said: “Hampstead FC has always focused foremost on player development.  Adding an adult ladies team has been a club ambition for some time and this merger offers our girls a clear exit route and the unique opportunity to aspire to represent the club as adults.

The union seemed a natural progression for these two NW3 clubs which already shared many parallels aside from geography. Both have been awarded the prestigious Charter Standard by the F.A in recognition of their excellent set-ups, and both compete proudly under the same club motto: non sibi sed toti – not for oneself but for all.

Andrew Azzopardi, Head of Girls Football at Hampstead FC, said: “It’s a very exciting time to be at the club. Integrating a quality adult women’s team will undoubtedly provide our girls with strong role models to support their development, but we hope it will also give the women an opportunity to feed their experience back into the community through direct coaching of the younger teams. That in turn will aid their own progression, helping them to attain certified coaching qualifications.”

The timing couldn’t have been better for HWFC. Despite being the highest ranked women’s team in the borough, they decided not to compete in competitive football this season, as a biting recession together with the spiralling cost of pitch hire inCamden, left the club unable to afford its estimated running costs.

John Baker, Chairman of Hampstead Women, will now join the committee of Hampstead FC to advise on Women’s development. He said: “I am delighted with this deal. The strong youth setup will provide a consistent pool of developing talent to feed into the Women’s team. It guarantees a long term future for club and allows it to compete off-field with established on-field rivals such as Tottenham and Luton Town who already benefit from these advantages”.

Trials for the re-formed Women’s team will start in April 2013 and full pre-season training will take place over the summer in preparation for a return to league football in the coming 2013-14 season.

If you are interested in playing or coaching at the club please contact Hampstead on info@hampsteadfc.org or, follow the club on Twitter @HampsteadWFC for Women and @Hampstead98 for the girls, or on its website www.hampsteadfc.org

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