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Tonbridge Angels FC to reform women’s side after four years away from the game

Tonbridge Angels Football Club has announced that it plans to relaunch a women’s team who will play matches at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium next season, where they plan to play in the South East Counties Womens Football League for the 2023/24 season, a league they pulled out of four years ago due to player and manager issues.

With ambitions to progress through the Pyramid and establish itself as one of the primary women’s clubs in Kent, the team will be managed by UEFA B-licensed coach Joe Rowe. Joe was part of the coaching team at Aylesford FC for three years, managing both their 1st and 2nd teams and most recently has been First Team Coach at Gillingham Women. Danny Turner who also has a UEFA B licence will assist Joe.

Joe commented: “I’m really pleased to be involved in setting up Tonbridge Angels Womens’ at what is a very exciting time for the club more broadly.“

Tonbridge Angels Chair, Sophie Purves, said: “This team will provide a clear pathway for the girls currently playing for Tonbridge Junior Football Club and will give them something to aspire to. We are ambitious and committed to being as successful as possible, which is evident in our appointment of Joe and Danny as our new women’s management team.

..and announce new groundshare
Meanwhile, Tonbridge Angels have also announced a groundshare agreement with local, Kent County Football League Premier side, Ide Hill Football Club.

The new arrangement will see Ide Hill playing their first team home matches at the Halcyon Wealth Longmead Stadium on Saturday afternoons when Angels are playing away from home.

Angels Chair, Sophie Purves said: “We are very happy to be sharing our ground with Ide Hill on Saturdays when the first team are playing away. We look forward to them joining us and we hope they enjoy a successful centenary season.”

Ide Hill Football Club manager, Brehnan Chidley added, “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to groundshare with Tonbridge Angels and we thank them for all their support. Playing in a stadium environment on a first class 3G pitch will stand us in good stead as we look to challenge for promotion next season.”

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