COVE Rangers FC Women have joined forces with Westdyke Ladies FC ahead of the start of the new SWFL Championship (North) campaign.
The amalgamation sees the players who were registered with Cove moving to Westdyke. Cove Women manager Steve Robb also joins the coaching staff of the Westhill-based club, which will retain it’s original name.
The move was made due to a lack of volunteers to run the side and a reduction in the number of signed players meant Cove would have found it impossible to compete at national level in the coming season.
Joining forces with Westdyke will help to ensure there is still a pathway for the remaining Cove players to play at Championship level. It’s hoped the younger squad members will also benefit from working with the coaching staff at Westdyke.
Jonathan Watt, the head coach of Westdyke Ladies, said: “That was the main reason for the move. Developing young players is what we are all about, so I’m pleased those coming across from Cove will be be able to continue doing that with us.”
“The more experienced members of their squad will also be an asset because ours is pretty youthful at the moment, so everyone is going to benefit. I’m also looking forward to working with Steve, we have heard a lot of good things about him.”
“We are delighted with the agreement and hoping the amalgamation can help us compete better in what is a very tough league.”
Steve Robb, a qualified sports psychologist who previously worked for Cardiff City, the SFA and Aberdeen FC, said:
“Westdyke are a big name in the Women’s game in this area, with a proud history of developing young players.
“I’m really happy to be going there and getting the chance to help with the good work that they do. I’m also delighted we have been able to give the girls who were at Cove the opportunity to continue playing at a high level.”
Source: Cove Rangers FC