The Dons have signed a new agreement with Aberdeen FC Ladies that will result in closer links between the Pittodrie club and their female counterparts, who play in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
The new arrangement will see Aberdeen FC Ladies play in the new Dons kit, allow a number of team meetings to be held within Pittodrie and assist in raising the teams profile through a variety of AFC communication channels. AFC Ladies will also progress their coach accreditation programme in conjunction with AFC.
Pittodrie Vice Chairman George Yule commented. “While we have always enjoyed a relationship with AFC Ladies, this more formalised agreement will hopefully assist the team in their challenge for the SWPL title. Additionally, interest in the women’s game is on the increase and, as a forward thinking club, we want to be a part of that.”
Aberdeen FC Ladies Manager Allan Smith added. “Since joining the Club in 2013, we have worked extremely hard to raise the profile of the women’s set-up, making significant developments on and off the pitch. After meeting with George Yule and his team at Aberdeen FC, we were delighted they shared our enthusiasm to grow the women’s game. Securing this agreement is a huge step forward for us and we very much look forward to progressing as part of Aberdeen FC.”
Aberdeen FC Ladies compete in the top-tier of Scottish Women’s Football and have achieved top 6 status for the past three seasons. The 22 strong squad trains four times per week, a variety of football-based sessions together with separate strength & conditioning and speed & agility sessions. This campaign has seen the ladies best ever start, currently occupying 4th place in the league, only 5 points behind the leaders Glasgow City. Top six status is already secured with three games remaining before the split, following Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Inverness.
The Scottish Women’s Premier League season runs from March – November, with the winner competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Several other SPFL clubs have representation in the SWPL including Celtic, Rangers, Hibernian, Hearts and Hamilton.