Forest’s loss is the Super League’s gain   
 
With Nottingham Forest Ladies documented failed bid to be a competitor in the Women’s Super League, the club continues to face the knock on effects and are making rapid adjustment as a result.
 
Whilst the failed bid has brought about a decline in comparable financial investment, the club has worked to consolidate on significantly lower budgets in recent months but is now shouldering further blows on a different level.
 
With a flourishing squad and strong performances on the pitch in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division the club currently rides high in the Winter league table.  So it is no surprise that this will be a talent pool magnet for WSL Clubs who want to bolster 1st Team and Developmental squads for their forthcoming Summer Season due to start in a matter of weeks.
 
Forest Ladies have a paradox in delight for recognition for these players but are now left depleted with the exodus of a handful of players in recent weeks with many fixtures still to fulfil.
 
The latest development is bittersweet is in that of the departure of club favourite, Reanne Thomas.  Reanne Thomas now signs for WSL side Doncaster Belles to join former Forest players Lyndsey Cunningham and Lauren Creswell who have made their mark at this level in previous seasons.
 
Thomas had been with the club since joining the Under 10s and has flourished and grown to play as a regular 1st teamer for the past few seasons.
 
Lisa Dawkins, Director of Football at Forest has worked with Thomas  in various capacities and says: Whilst I am deeply disappointed to lose Reanne Thomas from the Forest Ladies family I can’t help feeling relieved that she will be in good hands at Doncaster Belles, and is about to the enter the next phase in her football development.  Reanne has been the heartbeat of the senior setup for many years, even though she is still the tender age of 22.  Reanne will leave a massive hole to fill in many ways, but as witnessed in the game against Arsenal there are a few players willing to give their all to do just that.
 
I sincerely wish Reanne all the luck in the world and know that Doncaster will not yet fully realise what a talented player they have signed. I will look forward to watching her grace the WSL stage knowing that Forest Ladies have played a major part in her football development; she certainly deserves this opportunity and platform.  
 
Pictured: Reanne Thomas on the far left as an Under 10 Forest Ladies player:
 
Paul Cudby, 1st team Manager Comments:  "Having only known and worked with Reanne for a few months, it's a testament to her personality, technical attributes, and mainly her character to know that she will be missed so much by all of us here. She's been of great help to me personally, and I know for a fact that she'll have a tremendous impact on the WSL.  It gives a great opportunity for some of our younger players now to take that extra step up and develop their leadership skills, Reanne's been a great role model to so many here at the club and I thank her from the bottom of my heart"
 
As a parting acknowledgment to Thomas’s contribution to Forest Ladies, she was gifted the Captain’s armband to lead the team in a high tempo Friendly evening fixture against WSL side Arsenal Ladies on Thursday, 20 February.  
 
Thomas herself has mixed feelings about her departure and comments:
“Whilst I am delighted at the opportunity to have joined DRBLFC for the oncoming season I will hugely miss all associated with NFLFC where over the past 10 plus years I have accumulated so many great, great memories and friends. Thank you for all the support that has been shown during my career at the club, particularly during this decision to part. As always much love and best wishes for every success in both the near and far future."
 
Pictured below: Thomas in action.
 
 
Comments from fellow Forest Players on hearing the news:
 
Forest Ladies Captain Kelly Kennaugh: "It's been a pleasure playing alongside Reanne for many many years (I've lost count how many) she has a great character and outstanding football ability. She will be truly missed on and off the pitch and I personally wish her all the best in her football career and I’m sure she will go onto great things"
 
Andi Bell: "I'm really sorry to see Reanne leave but wish her all the best for a challenge I’m sure she'll succeed in. She'll be sorely missed both on and off the field. The 'banter' just won't be the same... cue the sick bag"
 
Charlie Griffin: "Brilliant football player even better person, privileged to have played with her, All the best for the future."
 
Amber Hughes: "One of a kind is our Reanne. She’s a great person to have in the changing room and an even better player on the pitch. She has the capability of making anyone laugh with her somewhat crazy sense of humour but also there to pick people up when needed. She is a great player and leader and will definitely go far in the game I wish her all the luck in the world!"
 
Meg Howard: "Playing with someone who is as talented and driven as Reanne has been an amazing experience!, she has been one of our main players and kept our structure solid throughout many games, she will be missed and it will have a huge impact on the team, but I wish her all the luck with Doncaster Belles, she deserves it and I know she will do us proud"
 
Annabel McKechnie: "It was announced to us all at the club yesterday that Reanne will be leaving Forest, this is a huge loss for the club not only because of her incredible talent on the pitch but also her huge personality off the pitch she keeps everyone smiling and motivated at the hardest of times. Reanne deserves to be playing in the WSL more than anyone I know and I'm thrilled she finally has her chance. Belles have secured a great signing in Reanne and I'm sure she will become a key player for them in their future success. I’m wishing Reanne all the best in her new challenge and looking forward to watching her excel in the WSL."
 
Natasha Meade: "Reanne will be missed at Forest Ladies, she is a great character in the changing rooms and is a great spirit in bringing players together, Good luck in the future at your new club"
 
Vanessa Kinnerley: "Going to miss your banter! who's food are we going to steal now? Good Luck at Doncaster Belles going to miss you x"
 
Forest Ladies 1st Team will play their next game away to Preston on Sunday, 9 March.  Their following fixture will be in the Nottinghamshire FA County Cup Final against local rivals Radcliffe Olympic at Mansfield Hosiery Mills on Tuesday, 11 March. K.O 19:30
 

 

 

Forest Ladies gearing to play the Gunners
Kick-Off:7:30pm
Venue:Rolls Royce Leisure Club, Watnall Road, Hucknall, NG15 6EP
Entry:£2.50 Adults, £1 Children & Concessions
Family Pass:£5 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
 
Forest Ladies are gearing up to play Women’s’ Super League Side Arsenal Ladies in a friendly match this coming Thursday evening.  Arsenal has been the undisputed legendary Women’s side for many years with 38 trophies in their 25 year history.
 
Forest Ladies are looking to attract support from Nottingham’s football family to go and watch the game.  Mascots from Forest Ladies Under 9’s and 10s plus the community Radford Girls Footy are particularly excited to see both the Forest and Arsenal Senior Players, but interest is mounting from Grass Roots girls and women’s clubs across the whole of Nottingham.  With players such as England Captain Casey Stoney and fellow internationals Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey and Alex Scott to name a few, it’s a great opportunity for players and supporters alike.
 
Forest Ladies Director of Football, Lisa Dawkins sees this as a huge opportunity to test the club’s players: “With the strength and quality of the WSL Teams increasing, Forest Ladies are naturally the extreme underdogs especially with some players unavailable.  Therefore some might think choosing to play Arsenal in the middle of a difficult season could be considered a questionable decision.   However, if, as a player, you don’t seize the opportunity when it arises to demonstrate that you have the desire and determination to challenge yourself against the best in the business, you may just be left wondering “what if”. 

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Forest Ladies gearing to play the Gunners
Kick-Off:7:30pm
Venue:Rolls Royce Leisure Club, Watnall Road, Hucknall, NG15 6EP
Entry:£2.50 Adults, £1 Children & Concessions
Family Pass:£5 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
 
Forest Ladies are gearing up to play Women’s’ Super League Side Arsenal Ladies in a friendly match this coming Thursday evening.  Arsenal has been the undisputed legendary Women’s side for many years with 38 trophies in their 25 year history.
 
Forest Ladies are looking to attract support from Nottingham’s football family to go and watch the game.  Mascots from Forest Ladies Under 9’s and 10s plus the community Radford Girls Footy are particularly excited to see both the Forest and Arsenal Senior Players, but interest is mounting from Grass Roots girls and women’s clubs across the whole of Nottingham.  With players such as England Captain Casey Stoney and fellow internationals Kelly Smith, Rachel Yankey and Alex Scott to name a few, it’s a great opportunity for players and supporters alike.
 
Forest Ladies Director of Football, Lisa Dawkins sees this as a huge opportunity to test the club’s players: “With the strength and quality of the WSL Teams increasing, Forest Ladies are naturally the extreme underdogs especially with some players unavailable.  Therefore some might think choosing to play Arsenal in the middle of a difficult season could be considered a questionable decision.   However, if, as a player, you don’t seize the opportunity when it arises to demonstrate that you have the desire and determination to challenge yourself against the best in the business, you may just be left wondering “what if”. 

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Monday, 17 February 2014
 
‘No More Page 3’ Campaign group sponsor Nottingham Forest Ladies.
 
Nottingham Forest Ladies are delighted to announce that the 'No More Page ‘ campaign group will be sponsoring the Senior Players Kit as a result of a successful awareness campaign that is currently benefiting a variety of charities and sportspeople.
 
No More Page 3 is a campaign to stop The Sun from including pictures of topless glamour models on its page 3.
 
Its’ supporters include Girlguiding UK, Mumsnet, The British Youth Council, UK Youth (working with approx. 1 million young people, and 11,000 youth club, the NUT, ATL, NAHT (combining over 500,000 teachers, lecturers and Head Teachers) Unison, The National Assembly of Wales, The Scottish Parliament, The Royal College of Midwives, The Royal College of Nursing, Rape Crisis, Woman’s Aid, End Violence Against Women’s Coalition, Women's Sport Trust, 150 cross party MPs and 28 universities and 6 Oxford University Colleges have voted to stop selling The Sun until it drops the page 3 topless images..
 
NMP3 is a Non-profit making grass roots campaign group who fund activities solely through T-Shirt sales with some profit also going to women's charities
 
The campaign group heard of Nottingham Forest Ladies plight and have now enabled the Seniors to play in a new Kit which is due for delivery in 3 weeks.
 
NMP3 said: “ We are so excited to be sponsoring Nottingham Forest Ladies and nobody is more excited than our own Lisa Clarke who was born and bred in Nottingham and is a huge Nottingham Forest fan. To hear that the Ladies set up were struggling after so many years hard work makes it a pleasure to be able to help their cause. 

“We at NMP3 are dedicated to seeing a more equal representation of women in the media. A big move towards that would be more coverage of women's sport as this currently only makes up 5% of the total sports coverage. Women are making news in sport every week and we don't get to see it. How fabulous would it be if we stopped the sexual images of women in our papers that make girls feel that their role is only to decorate and instead inspired the next generation of young women to action by showcasing sportswomen?  Lisa and the rest of the No more page 3 team are really looking forward to seeing the Forest ladies in their kits and cheering them on as they say "No More Page 3" every time they play.  We are so thrilled and excited to be working with Nottingham Forest Ladies FC!!! #kiton #lotsofgoals
 
Club Chairperson PJ Andrews responds:  “To be supported by NMP3 is a huge boost and to highlight the work of NMP3 in the process is an initiative fully embraced by our club members.  So far more than 135,000 have signed their petition and a fair few of our members are amongst them.  The current kit is really worn so the Seniors can now look forward to delivery of the new one and look and feel the part but know they are highlighting awareness of such a national supported project”

Forest Ladies to host Arsenal Ladies in a special friendly.

 
On Thursday 20th February 2014 Nottingham Forest Ladies FC will be hosting Arsenal Ladies FC in special friendly fixture.
 
Whilst Arsenal are looking to play their pre-season friendly games for the Women’s Super League due to start in two months, Forest Ladies are midway through a challenging winter season in the FA Women’s Premier League.
 
It’s a great opportunity for both sides to test their wits and an opportunity for the Forest home side to play against England Captain Casey Stoney and fellow internationals Rachel Yankey MBE, Kelly Smith MBE, Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott amongst others.
 
Forest 1st Team Manager Paul Cudby says: “It's a good opportunity for us as a club and a team to assess where we are against one of the best teams in Europe, let alone the country. We're fortunate to have some young players in the Senior squad with great potential, so to line up against some established England internationals will be a wonderful experience, and I'm keen to see the impact it will have on them.”.

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Forest Ladies Junior Round-Up Sunday, 19 January 2014

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Forest Ladies Junior Round-Up Sunday, 12 January 2014

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Match Report from Sundays FA Cup Second Round Match against Wolverhampton Wanderers WFC

 
 
 
 
 
Forest Ladies humbled to help at the Nottingham Women’s Centre
 
On Christmas Eve the Nottingham Women’s Centre on Chaucer Street held their second annual Soup Kitchen event and Forest Ladies were humbled to be part of the event.
 
After hearing of the event Forest Ladies gathered support from all age groups in the build up to the event by collecting donations of clothes, small toys/gifts for children, non-perishable food and empty boxes for storage for the day.  In addition Club representatives from the club were on hand to help out on the day itself.
Pictured: Donations from Forest Ladies to the Nottingham Women’s Centre

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Forest Ladies raise further funding with help from Marks and Spencer
 
Forest Ladies held a Club Bag Packing event on one of the busiest shopping days of the year on Saturday 21st December 2013 as part of the clubs ‘Every Penny Counts’ campaign to ensure the club survival.
 
Representatives from the Ladies Team included members of the Committee, Senior Squads, Junior Players and Parents helping shoppers with packing their food shopping during the Christmas rush.

 

After all of the donations were calculated it has been confirmed that the club raised £927.23

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Here you will find information on various sponsorships available through
Nottingham Forest Ladies FC
 
Click on the links to the right for more information
 
 
Applications Invited For:
Junior Goalkeeper Coach
 
Nottingham Forest Ladies Football Club have some prestigious, exciting and challenging positions available.  NFLFC are looking to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic and committed Goalkeeper Coach for the Juniors. 
 
NFLFC have reached significant milestones during their history and candidates who reflect the Club’s ambition and ethos will be well received.  Importantly, those candidates with the relevant practical and knowledgeable skill set who can also demonstrate excellent people management skills will be acknowledged as a priority.
 
The position involves the co-ordination, organisation and delivery of well-structured and professional coaching sessions on training night (Wednesdays)
Desirable requirements for the above positions are as follows:
 
- Goalkeeper coach 1
 
If you are interested in this position please send your application, including an up to date CV, by email to: fay.glover@nottinghamforestladies.co.uk
 
If you have any questions regarding this position please do not hesitate to contact Fay on 07740 869 756