Following the Lionesses amazing journey which saw them make the final of the Women’s World Cup, XL@Football, Kent’s all female football club are heading towards their first game in the women’s FA Cup on 10th September when they face Herne Bay.
XL’s senior team with an average age of 17, are the first in their clubs history to secure a spot in the renowned competition. The competing teams face 11 stages in order to get into the final for a chance to win the £2m prize fund which is 100% increase on the previous competition.
On the 10th September, XL@Football will be hitting the pitch in their new kit which promotes a tripartite relationship with Demelza a children’s hospice and Kent Reliance, an award winning savings provider, who both operating across the Kent area. This relationship has been developed over three years and exists to support people in the local area. Families from Demelza will be special guests invited to the game and help cheer on the players.
Stuart Grist, Director, XL@Football said, “It is a huge achievement for the team to make it into the FA Cup for the first time in our clubs history. The players pour so much effort into their training and this is an amazing opportunity for them to have a taste of how their career path can progress. Women’s football has very rightly been bought into the spotlight over recent years and now football is seen as a very real career option, something that all female football clubs across the UK and beyond have been working for over a long period of time.”
Jon Hall, Group Managing Director, Kent Reliance agreed “What a truly wonderful achievement and very well deserved. We’ve partnered with XL@Football for a number of years and their passion for supporting females in football is infectious! We are delighted to help support them through this competition and whatever the journey holds next. We wish them all the luck in the world for their first game on the 10th September.”