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Pompey Women Turn Professional

Full-time contracts and daytime training introduced for Blues

31 May 2024

Women

Pompey Women Turn Professional

Full-time contracts and daytime training introduced for Blues

31 May 2024

Portsmouth Women are delighted to announce that the team will be transitioning into a full-time professional playing model ahead of the 2024/25 season.

The Blues secured their place in the Barclays Women's Championship for the first time after finishing as champions of the National League Southern Premier Division last term.

And this groundbreaking move will see Jay Sadler's players offered professional contracts for the first time in the club's history.

There will be further multi-disciplinary support on the pitch, with full-time backroom staff members, allowing contact time to increase with more on-pitch sessions, increased gym programmes and further off-pitch support.

The transition comes just one year after the team moved to a semi-professional model and this further increased investment from Tornante is a clear indication of the ambition for women's football, both at Portsmouth Football Club and across the city.

"I am grateful to Jane and Michael Eisner, and the Portsmouth Women board, for their increased investment in our women’s team."

Andrew Cullen

Off the pitch, Portsmouth Women will strengthen with the appointment of a general manager/head of football, a women’s safeguarding and player welfare officer, and a sales and marketing executive.

CEO Andrew Cullen said: "After winning promotion to the Championship and having our licence granted by the FA, we are now absolutely thrilled to announce that Pompey Women will become fully professional.

"This is an exciting time for women’s football in Portsmouth and across the United Kingdom, and I am grateful to Jane and Michael Eisner, and the Portsmouth Women board, for their increased investment in our women’s team.

"This will have a huge impact on our competitiveness in a higher division, as well as enabling our players to achieve their dreams of becoming professional footballers for the first time in their lives."

Head coach Jay Sadler added: "This is a significant step forward for the club and we are incredibly excited about moving to a full-time professional model. This transition will allow us to increase our contact time, enhance our preparation, and ultimately enable us to compete at a higher level.

"By providing our players and staff with the opportunity to train and develop on a full-time basis, we will unlock further potential and heavily increase our chances of achieving even more success for the club."


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