Derby County Ladies Football Club

Ewe Rams Miss Out on Tier 2 Bid

Derby County Ladies will reflect on the 2017/18 season as the best in the clubs history, despite not being named as one of the clubs that will be promoted up to the Women’s Championship next season as part of the FA’s much publicised re-structure of the female game.
According to CEO, Duncan Gibb, significant off the field developments achieved over the course of the season, not only put Ewe Rams in the mix for one of the automatically awarded places, but will now stand the club in good stead as they now look to secure promotion via the conventional league route.
“The FA undertook the last re-structure back in 2013 and the clubs application bid at that time was dismissed at the first stage. This time round, despite significantly more challenging competition we were taken through to the final stage and invited to Wembley to go through our application in fine detail. The early indications that are coming back, are that we were very close to securing one of the handful of places on offer, despite being up against clubs such as Manchester United and West Ham, with all of the resources that they have got.”
“As a club the change from where we were back in 2013 to where we are now has been seismic. In  the last season alone we formally established an educational and player pathway link with Derby University that drew national acclaim, secured a training academy training facility at Merrill that is the envy of most clubs in the country, agreed a long term tenure at Mickleover Sports and most importantly of all, have secured long term financial and operational backing commitment from the main club. In addition to that we are very shortly due to announce another major partnership that will stand the club in good stead for years to come.”
“For us, the period since the last application was all about putting the foundations in place to make ourselves competitive in any subsequent application bid process, as well as ensuring that regardless of the outcome of that process, that we are geared up on the field to take things to the next level.
In that regard we’ve put large ticks in both boxes, and with the senior squad now training up at Moor Farm, the club have the requisite infrastructure and resources in place to really push on. You never stand still in football; however the off the field bricks are by and large in place now and as a club our attention now very much focuses itself on matters on the field.  The new season can’t come quick enough, at what is without question the most exciting time in the clubs history.”