Newcastle Olympic FC will enter the Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) for the first time in history for 2020, as Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) announces that Wallsend FC’s Herald WPL teams will join the club from today.
The move will see Newcastle Olympic entering teams into all four (4) Herald WPL grades which will include key personnel from Wallsend also joining the club to manage the program.
The arrangement will assist the 2019 NPL Club of the Year to continue its strong NPL program as well as increase the standards required of the Herald WPL competition in 2020 as the League aims to transition into Women’s NPL in 2021.
Newcastle Olympic FC President George Sofianos is beyond excited for the club to be involved in the women’s space and is looking forward to the value it will bring to the club.
“Women’s football is a tremendous growth sport and we felt we needed to be part of this,” Sofianos said.
“Having a women’s program, in conjunction with our successful men’s program, it will add tremendous value to our club and we look forward to being a part of the Herald Women’s Premier League” he concluded.
With access to adequate facilities being a challenge for the women’s program previously, the players and coaches will now have further access to an NPL level venue, assisting NNSWF to ensure the long-term viability of the league.
Club Captain, Sophie Phillips, is equally as excited to become being a part of Newcastle Olympic FC.
“The support we’ve received has been fantastic and we have already been made to feel very welcome,”
“We hope to bring a lot of success to Olympic in the Women’s Premier League.” confirmed Phillips.
NNSWF is aware of the challenge of resources in terms of volunteers, accredited coaches and access to adequate facilities for Women’s Premier League Clubs and believe the arrangement between the two clubs will enable better access and NPL expertise to help players and coaches involved in the women’s game to take the next step towards entering the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) in 2021.
Newcastle Olympic FC is not the only NPL NNSW Club to have a Herald WPL team join their ranks ready for season 2020, with South Wallsend JFC having joined Broadmeadow Magic in October.