UEL link-up with Millwall Lionesses
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 June 2015
Partnership to improve women’s football
The University of East London has teamed up with top women’s football club, Millwall Lionesses, in a deal which will benefit players and the university.
The link will allow players from the club to get sports scholarships to study at UEL and will mean they will be able to play for the university women’s team.
“This partnership reflects our ambition to deliver a leading women’s university football programme that supports the entire spectrum of performance, from grass roots to elite level competition,” said Matthew Tansley, high performance sport manager at UELSports.
“It also reflects our commitment to women’s sport and being able to deliver world-class support to those elite athletes wishing to balance elite sport with education.”
Millwall will also provide coaching to UEL’s women’s football club with Lionesses manager Daniel Milner appointed as UEL coach.
“The partnership is a great opportunity to develop a strong women’s football team at UEL,” said Milner.
“For the Lionesses, it’s about keeping more players in the system for longer and maintaining the highest possible standard.”
The players themselves are very excited about the venture and Lilly Maple said: “It’s going to be a great experience. It is going to be good to be part of the team as we progress over the coming years as well as experience what university life is all about.”
Tansley is confident the partnership will be a success, adding: “Ultimately our programme will be judged on our ability to develop players and our team’s success. In Millwall we believe we have the right partner to deliver both.”
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.