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Cheshunt FC launches first competitive women’s team in 75 years

06 Nov 2020

CHESHUNT FC’S first ever women’s team has launched their bid to become a top tier side – and a driving force in getting local Women & Girls into the game.

While clubs nationwide pull funding from their women’s teams Cheshunt have backed a brand new squad – the first female team in their 75 year history.

The Amberettes have secured exciting signings with players leaving well-known clubs like Tottenham and Stevenage to play in Amber colours.

The team is now Broxbourne’s only competitive women’s side and are beginning their bid for promotion through the leagues – following a 7-0 win against Hemel Hempstead Ladies on Sunday.

Club chairman Dean Williamson said he is proud to have been able to finally get women and girls wearing Cheshunt’s colours.

He said: “The women and girls within the Borough of Broxbourne deserve a local Women’s team they can call their own and have a sense of belonging and togetherness as part of our Amberette family. 

“As a club we felt that we wanted to widen our reach into the local community through building a female pathway.”

The women’s side will be trained using video analysis, dedicated coaches and their own physiotherapist while playing at the home ground.

Former Spurs star Riana Badal is captaining the squad after a three year break from the game.

The well-respected 28-year-old has a long history in the women’s game including playing for Tottenham Hotspur Women 1st team in the Women’s Championship.

Midfielder Riana expects Cheshunt to come out fighting, with league glory firmly in her sights.

She said: “I expect us to compete – I want us to be up there and I think there’s no reason we can’t. We’ve played teams in our league in pre-season and we’ve given them a good game – we’re not here to make up the numbers as a new side we’re here to compete – we want to go on and win the league.”

Riana is a force to be reckoned with on the field. For her, Cheshunt was the natural choice this season.

She added: “Cheshunt felt like the right club for me. I think it’s really exciting, the facilities we get here – training on state of the art 3G twice a week, an amazing home pitch as well. A lot of things drew me to this club.”

Grant Palmer, Head of Women’s & Girls football, added: “I am extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to create & deliver a female pathway with Cheshunt FC at this exciting time in their journey. The club’s vision and facilities are amazing and the desire to support the growth of female football is so refreshing, this creates a perfect platform to build upon.

“We are all great supporters of women’s football and this project will look to provide an enjoyably professional, sustainable and progressive pathway of opportunity for the grassroots and elite female players of the future in the local community and beyond’.

We are committed to the FA ‘Inspiring Positive Change’ Strategy through support and delivery of our pathway.

The Coronavirus pandemic has presented local teams with an unprecedented set of problems, causing some to shed their women’s team to save money. 

However, Cheshunt is committed to the launch of their women’s arm – and have secured sponsorship for the coming season.

Whilst many teams are sponsored by fast food brands, The Amberettes have chosen a different path – a wellbeing sponsor based in Cheshunt to coincide with the wellbeing vertical in place to support the female pathway.

Green Machine is a female run company which focuses on the use of CBD to repair and refresh the body.

This partnership will see the women on the team benefit, with the support of the dedicated female physio, 

Paul Moore, Green Machine founder said: “Getting involved in women’s football was a no brainer for us.

“This is a female led company, supported by women with a large female customer base. 

“We help athletes with our products so sponsoring Cheshunt FC was another way we could help athletes and we’re really excited about the partnership.”

The team is starting in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire County Premier Division and have already won points to propel them up the table. But with talent from across Hertfordshire, Essex and London the team is expecting to rise through the ranks quickly. 

Games have currently been suspended for the second lockdown but the team is ready and fit to begin when the season restarts.

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