International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that we have agreed to a front of shirt sponsorship for our senior women’s team and will work in association with Merrist Wood College, based in Worplesdon, near Guildford. The sponsorship creates a new link between International Surrey Football and local football in Surrey and is our first partnership with an educational programme.
Merrist Wood College hosts the Football Development Programme for boys and girls aged 16-19, which incorporates both full-time football training with post-16 education across five days a week. The programme has previously been operated in conjunction with Chelsea FC, but more recently with Westfield FC for their Under 18s boys, and independently with their Under 18s girls.
We’re pleased to welcome Merrist Wood College as our first women’s team sponsors, the team is currently taking registration for our upcoming trial fixture, with a planned debut in 2020. We held a meeting with Robbie Porter, manager of the college programme late last year, and we felt that there was a shared vision for pushing the development of women’s football in Surrey while providing a successful and fulfilling educational programme alongside it.
Merrist Wood College will be joined by two sleeve sponsors, existing sponsors CW Sport Radio and our new in house match highlight YouTube channel Surrey Football TV (SFTV). No back of shirt sponsor will feature on the Surrey women’s shirt. Shirts will be produced by Yorkshire based supplier Godzown Sports and will be available for purchase from their online store.
As well as the sponsorship, the two organisations will be working in association to help promote and create opportunities in women’s football for those aged 16-19 and build a platform towards senior club football and even up to senior representative football provided through International Surrey Football.
As part of this association it will see Merrist Wood’s Under 18 teams come under the name and banner of International Surrey Football for selected games and will serve as our official Under 18 teams, although in order to prioritise educational opportunities, a relaxation of eligibility rules will be applied to the teams allowing players from areas around the Surrey border, but not based in Surrey, the chance to play at Under 18 level, but only those meeting eligibility criteria will be able to be offered senior representative opportunities.
International Surrey Football will also provide opportunities for Surrey coaches to provide sessions for Merrist Wood students during the season and Merrist Wood will work with International Surrey Football to run summer camps for youth players of various age groups as Surrey looks to build its presence in youth football within the county.
The association will bring a new dimension to non-FIFA football for International Surrey Football, and we look forward to working with the college to achieve success.
Player sign-ups are still available for our upcoming women’s trials fixture. Follow the link and complete the form to be included on the day; https://intsurreyfootball.co.uk/player-sign-up/