BOHEMIAN FC TO COMPETE IN WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE

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Bohemian FC is delighted with today’s confirmation that our application to join the Women’s National League has been accepted.

It marks a huge step in our 130th year as a club and is the result of tireless work behind the scenes of dedicated volunteers and the coaching staff working within our women and girls sections.

The Bohs girls section started belatedly in 2017 with the introduction of the Girls Academy and the section played its first games in 2018.

It has gone from strength to strength since. It now has nine teams competing in various age groups, while the Saturday morning academy prepares young players for those teams.

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The club entered the U17s WNL last season, an important step towards joining the senior league.

Bohemian FC President Chris Brien said: “Women’s football is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and it will be no different in Ireland.

“We aspire to having thriving WNL with big crowds attending games in the not-too-distant future and Bohemians want to play our part in that.

“We wish to thank the FAI and the Women’s National League Committee in particular for accepting our application to join the WNL.

“We are all looking forward to the historic day when we play our first senior WNL game.

“I must commend the girls/women section of the club, who have put in place a wonderful set-up for girls to become involved in football.

“As a result of those efforts, girls coming through at our club now have a clear pathway to national league football.

“A huge thanks is also due to members of the board who worked tirelessly and overcame obstacles to convince the FAI that we would be a great addition to the league.”

Bohemian FC Youth Director Conor Emerson said: “After starting our first girls teams two years back, we are delighted to complete the pathway to women’s senior football.

“The voluntary work done throughout our youth girls section is huge.

“We have an amazing group of volunteers, in particular our Girls Coordinator Frank Darby, who has done brilliant work building up the section from scratch.”

Our WNL games will be played in the Oscar Traynor Centre. The fixture list for the 2020 season will be released this Thursday, February 20th.

2020 WNL: Athlone Town, Bohemian FC, Cork City, DLR Waves, Galway WFC, Peamount United, Shelbourne, Treaty United, Wexford Youths

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