Today, Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has confirmed South Wallsend Junior Soccer Club’s Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) program has now moved to be a part of Broadmeadow Magic Football Club.
The move will see all four (4) Herald WPL teams play as Broadmeadow Magic from 2020, and the key committee personnel will also join the club to manage the program. The licence will now be operated by Broadmeadow Magic FC from season 2020.
Angela Jordan, who has been one of the key drivers of the move alongside John Laws, says this transfer will provide a lot more opportunities for the players that South Wallsend was unable to provide.
“We listened to the concerns from our players surrounding the playing environment and infrastructure and it motivated us to actively seek opportunities for them which has fortuitously resulted in us working with Broadmeadow Magic,” Jordan said.
“We are looking forward to working with Magic as they are a professional and well-organised club with structured programs who will be able to set new expectations and standards.
“This will also create greater opportunities and coverage for our sponsors to be recognised for their contributions to football as well as increase the support from the local community.”
Broadmeadow Magic FC President Steven Foteff is looking forward for the club getting back into the Women’s space after a long absence in the league.
“We, unfortunately, didn’t have the resources to do everything properly to implement the women’s league in between concentrating on developing the Youth and SAP, however, we now believe the time is right to do it all properly.”
“With the help of Tony Temelkovski and Dave Antcliff from our club joining with Angela and John and their team from South Wallsend, we have the resources now to do it all properly including having our training facility up and running as well as have been able to work with Northern in booking time to train on the synthetic pitches for the club.
“We are looking forward to welcoming back a number of girls to play in the Magic strip,” Foteff concluded.
This move will provide access to one of the regions highest level facilities for our Herald Women’s Premier League. Importantly, it will also provide access to a strong existing National Premier Leagues (NPL) program which will assist in the implementation of the increasing standards required of Herald WPL in 2020 and through the transition into NPL in 2021.
It has been clear throughout this transition that South Wallsend’s Herald WPL program required some assistance and the move to Broadmeadow Magic helps ensure the long-term viability of the program, and in turn the league.
NNSWF are acutely aware of the challenge of resources in terms of volunteers, accredited coaches and access to adequate facilities.
NNSWF Operations Manager Liam Bentley believes this coming together “will allow a better spread of available resources and provide a better overall football experience, not only for those involved in Broadmeadow Magic in 2020 – but those involved in the WPL as a whole.”