This is the bittersweet moment in which we announce the news that as of next season, we will no longer be known as Acle United, and will no longer be part of Ade United FC.
At the end of this season, we will be making a move to become part of Wroxham FC and in time for the 2019/20 season, will have become the club's official Women's Senior Team,
In what has been a decade since Acle United's first Ladies' team was created, the female side of the dub has enjoyed multiple promotions, multiple trophies and a growth in size as well as strength,
Playing in Step 5 of the Women's Pyramid brings its challenges with regards to cost, travel and recruitment; and to this point we have managed to not only survive self-sufficiently, but have also managed to succeed on the pitch; punching above our weight in seasons gone by.
As many women's teams know however, this comes at a cost to the player, with many of our girls paying above the odds despite sponsorship and donations. And with us having moved to Martham's theFDC@Flegg two seasons ago to reduce our pitch hire expenditure, many travel long distances to train and play too.
Ground grading rules taking effect in the 19/20 season would mean us moving once again, inevitably to hire a pitch belonging to a Step 5 men's club, increasing our costs further and removing our identity further. The future looked questionable with regards to meeting the above challenges with additional barriers in attracting and keeping players.
Earlier this year we began to approach local men's teams with the facilities in place to meet next season's requirements of the Premier Division of the Eastern Region Women's Football League. This is when discussions with Wroxham FC began, and have progressed extremely well since.
After gaining approval from The FA, we can confirm that we will be competing in the Premier Division as Wroxham FC next season; becoming the club's first ever Senior Women's team.
Having the support and backing of a famous local club, steeped in history, will allow us to significantly cut our costs by reducing our facility and travel expenditure. We will play at Trafford Park, which wi!l give us the pitch we need, but more than that, it will give us a home once again. We hope the local community of Wroxham and surrounding areas choose to get behind us too.
All of this would not have been possible without Acie United Football Club and the foundations that so many volunteers put in place to enable this current team to play and compete at the level it does.
The move could not have happened without the support of the club and in particular the members of the management committee, including our Chairman Jim, who understood the opportunity that we had been presented with and not only agreed to it, but offered valuable support in our application to The FA.
To mark this changeover, our final game of the season on Sunday 12 May against Colney Heath FC will be played at Wroxharn FC's Trafford Park, and all Ade United staff and volunteers, particularly those involved with the women's team over the years, are invited to attend as special guests.
In addition, and as a final acknowledgement to a history that shall not be forgotten, our away kit next season will include a representation of the famous black and white of the A's.
Thank you to everybody at Acle United, our sponsors and our supporters. To everybody who has made this team what it is to this point; we hope you will join us as we enter this exciting new era.
Up the A's