Following the FA announcement that Aston Villa Ladies have been awarded a Women’s Super League licence for the 2018/19 season, the club are pleased to announce they will be playing their home games at Boldmere St Michaels FC from next season.
The ‘Mikes’ Trevor Brown Memorial Ground is a previous home to Aston Villa Ladies and is conveniently located just four miles from Villa Park.
The club has recently upgraded the playing surface to a new 3G pitch, with ambitious plans in place to further develop the stadium facilities.
As part of a wider fan engagement strategy, moving forward Aston Villa Ladies games will be free to all Villa season ticket holders.
Family activities will also be on offer before and during home games, to help create a family atmosphere and inspire the next generation of young female players.
Aston Villa Chief Executive, Keith Wyness, said: “Aston Villa Ladies is an important part of the football club and through support from various departments, key changes are being implemented which will allow the Ladies team to flourish in the longer term.
“Central to our strategy for developing the ladies team has been the desire to bring the them back to Birmingham to play their home games. The partnership with Boldmere St Michaels is an exciting one as they are an ambitious and well respected club, close to Villa Park.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Tamworth FC for hosting the Ladies teams in the last few years and look forward to maintaining a positive relationship with them for the remainder of this season and beyond.”
Aston Villa Ladies General Manager, Amber Wildgust, added: “We are developing a female football strategy with the aim of increasing interest and engagement in the ladies and female game as a whole, as well as providing a player pathway from community and grassroots football into our junior and ladies teams.
"This strategy will see Aston Villa being recognised as a key player within the female game, locally, regionally and nationally.
“In addition to the stadium move, in partnership with Aston Villa Foundation in September we’ll be launching a full-time Football and Education programme for current year 11 students which will bridge the gap from U16 to senior women’s football.
“We will also be launching a ‘sister club’ programme which will enable grassroots clubs to become part of the Aston Villa family and support our ladies team, whilst also assisting these clubs in their own development for the benefit of the female game as a whole.”
The remainder of the Ladies games for the 2017/18 season will continue from The Lamb, home of Tamworth FC.
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