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Loughborough Foxes moved to Northern Division; Will cut travelling by 1,000 miles.

Byline: PETE WARRINGTON peter.warrington@reachplc.com

LOUGHBOROUGH Foxes will be playing in the FA Women's National League Northern Division next season after being moved from the Southern Division by the FA.

The team had a great campaign last season finishing seventh in the Southern Division, reaching the semi finals of the league cup and the fourth round of the Women's FA Cup.

Now for the 2019-20 season they will be up against Burnley FC Women, Derby County, Fylde Ladies, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Middlebrough Women, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield FC, Stoke City, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

The Foxes director of football Steve Wilkinson said the club was looking forward to the fresh challenge and the move would see a big reduction in the travel time to away fixtures.

"The move should reduce our travelling by about 1,000 miles. Our aim for the new season will be to better this last season's points tally as well as finishing in the top half of the table rather than seventh."

He said the club was looking for players at all ages ready for next season trying to build on the interest in women's football generated by the current Women's World Cup in France and had received a PS1,500 'Grow the Game' grant to help the club to develop.

The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable Loughborough Foxes to create a new team at under 11 for September following the success of its developing Wildcats programme for 6-11 year olds.

The money will provide a significant boost to female participatory opportunities in Loughborough and the surrounding area.

The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of PS1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees' fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Steve Wilkinson added: "The club is delighted with this award as helps progress our club further at the minisoccer age groups as well as supporting our current Wildcats programme further with a team being formed ready to play league football next season.

"The continued support from the FA and the Football Foundation has helped us achieve this ahead of another very exciting season for the Foxes."

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Date:Jun 19, 2019
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