The owner of Leicester City Football Club, King Power International, has completed the acquisition of Leicester City Women’s Football Club (LCWFC) in a deal which will see the women’s team go fully professional from the 2020/21 season.
Leicester City Football Club says they have undertaken a “sustained period of consultation” with the independently established LCWFC, which they have supported since its formation in 2004, which has resulted in a deal being agreed.
LCWFC will now turn professional and join Leicester City’s Senior Men, Under-23s and Under-18s among the core teams within the Club’s football operation. The transfer of the team’s FA Women’s Championship (FAWC) licence to LCFC was approved last month.
Rohan Morgan, former LCWFC Chairman, will become an Advisor to an LCFC Women’s Football Leadership Group, led by Susan Whelan, Chief Executive.
Russ Fraser has been appointed to the position of Head of Women’s Football, where he will manage football operations for LCFC Women and, in conjunction with the LCFC Women’s Football Leadership Group, will develop a strategy to generate interest in the women’s game in the city, encourage participation and co-ordinate the work of the LCWFC Academy and the Leicester City Girls’ Regional Talent Club (RTC) to create a clear development plan for talented young female players.
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City Football Club’s Chairman, said:
“This is really proud day. The introduction of a women’s team embedded within the Club has been an ambition of ours for some time and today it can start to be realised.
“The Club’s co-operation with LCWFC since 2004 has been a valuable gateway to the women’s game. Its chairman, Rohan Morgan, and its staff and players deserve great credit for the solid foundations they have built and we’re really excited to see how we can progress with the setup in-house.
“LCFC Women will carry the standard, but our vision for developing the women’s game in Leicester is wide-ranging. We want to build on the recent success of women’s football to inspire a generation of young girls and to ensure opportunities exist for the gifted among them to have a future in the game.
“Exactly 10 years on from King Power first arriving in Leicester, this is a significant expansion in our vision for the Club – both in terms of diversification and our dedication to football for all; and in our ongoing commitment to excellence in every one of the Club’s pursuits.”
Rohan Morgan added:
“This is an amazing step forward, both for our team and for women’s football in the city. For many years now, we have proudly represented Leicester City in the women’s game and tried to build an organisation with solid foundations, high standards and the potential for growth. Officially joining the Leicester City family is the best possible endorsement of that work and I’m extremely proud of every player, member of staff and volunteer – several of whom will be continuing the journey with us – that has helped bring us to this point. Thanks to the belief of Khun Aiyawatt, Susan Whelan and everyone at Leicester City, we have an incredible opportunity to build on that potential and be a part of the Club’s vision for success.”
LCFC Women’s 23-player squad for the new FAWC campaign, which started last weekend (5th/6th September) is complete. This includes 12 players from LCWFC signing their first professional football contracts, who are joined by 11 new additions signed from FA Women’s Super League and FAWC clubs.
The team will continue to play their home fixtures at Farley Way Stadium in Quorn during the new season, which includes an FA Women’s Cup Quarter Final with current holders Manchester City. The fixture is among those to be played in the early weeks of the 2020/21 season to ensure the 2019/20 FA Women’s Cup is completed. The club are the only FAWC team left in the tournament, which resumes on 26th September.