Ipswich Town Community Trust have taken the decision to take over the running of the Ipswich Town Women's Football Club. This will hopefully be a great step forward for the Women's club, as they strive to get back into the second tier of women's football, which they unfortunately were relegated from last season.
The club will also be running a reserve side this season, which will be made up predominantly by players that have left the ITFC Girls Centre of Excellence, therefore continuing the girls developmental pathway whilst remaining under the clubs banner.
The Women's section will be overseen by Mark Lawrence, who is also the Girls Centre of Excellence Director, the first team will be managed by Steve Martin with Ricardo Carballo-Antoine as his assistant and the reserves will be looked after by Chris Isted and assisted by Dale Farnham.
ITWFC find themselves back in the women's south east combination league after having one season in the southern premier league playing against the likes of Millwall, Portsmouth and Charlton. Although relegation was disappointing, our aim this season will be to consolidate and develop our young squad, and long trips to Truro, Bristol and Cardiff will not be missed.
The Reserves will be taking part in the rejuvenated Suffolk Women's County League and will hopefully be a good environment for the young players to develop their game as they get their first taste of senior football.