FEMALE footballers from across the city are being invited to don the blue and white of Chester FC.
The Blues are currently in the process of assembling a group of players and coaches for their ladies team.
A welcome evening was held inside the Blues Bar at the Exacta Stadium yesterday, after the Chronicle had gone to press, to officially launch Chester FC Ladies.
The team, which will be managed by Will Rowlands and play open age football, is expected to join the Cheshire County Women’s Football League following initial discussions with the Cheshire FA.
Chester FC community football officer Mark Howell said: “We are looking forward to starting the season in whatever league we are placed in.
“We will be looking to hold open trials and to work with local schools moving forward in promoting ladies football to their pupils as a great form of exercise.”
Will Rowlands added: “We hope female footballers will be excited by this development and will look to be part of a forward-thinking, fresh-focused and community-orientated club.”
Chester FC Ladies will be sponsored by BBC Radio 5 and Match of the Day 2 presenter Colin Murray.
Murray, who has watched the Blues at the Exacta Stadium on numerous occasions over the past two years, was the winning bidder to sponsor the team during an auction at the end-of-season awards night, which he presented.
During his recent radio show Kicking Off, Murray invited listeners to text in their suggestions for a sponsor name.
The two options it came down to were ‘The Only Way Is Chester’ and ‘The Divas’. The final decision was made by Will Rowlands, who went for ‘The Divas’.
Anyone interested in playing, coaching or getting involved with Chester Ladies FC can email Will at email@example.com for more information.