Less than a year since the club announced its Equality Football initiative, whereby both men and women's teams were allocated equal funding, Lewes CFC has been in celebration mode today as it has been announced that the Women's side has been placed in the new FA Women's Championship for next season. This means that both male and female sides will be elevated by one level when the new campaign kicks off, after the Men's side came second in the Bostik South Division.
Manchester United Women will be joining them, as will Leicester City, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Millwall, amongst others.
Lewes Chair Stuart Fuller, speaking to this website earlier today, couldn't hide his delight:
“To say we are elated is an understatement. This is the culmination of years of hard work on and off the pitch.
The effort that went into the application was immense and I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in that. We now look forward to a new, exciting chapter for the club.”
The FA Women's Championship 2018-19 will look like this:
- Aston Villa Ladies FC
- Doncaster Rovers Belles
- Durham Women FC
- London Bees
- Millwall Lionesses
- Sheffield FC Ladies
- Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
- Charlton Athletic Women
- Leicester City Women Lewes FC Women
- Manchester United Women
- Sheffield United Ladies