Trinity Forge Partnership With Philadelphia Lone Star Women
Red, White and Blue are three colours synonymous with Wakefield Trinity, the Union Jack, United States of America, Philadelphia Lone Star and Liberia and all five are set to come together in a new partnership across the Atlantic Ocean.
Trinity Ladies have been busy in 2020, supporting activity in Uganda, The Gambia, Nigeria, South Sudan and locally in the Wakefield district with plans afoot to conduct football clinics and raise aspirations utilising the power of the brand and the tool of Football to change lives for the better.
Launched in 2019, Wakefield were placed second in the League at the time the season curtailed. Their vision is to create opportunities to play at a high level for aspiring female footballers from the local area, rather than leave the district to seek opportunities at clubs like Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Huddersfield Town and Barnsley.
The partnership with Philadelphia Lone Star Women will be deep-rooted, with Coach CPD opportunities on both sides of the pond, a route to play University Soccer in the United States for promising young British footballers and potential for the same in the opposite direction. Philadelphia Lone Star FC also have an African heritage with Club Chairman, Paul Konneh, having supported the growth of the club over the last two decades and hailing from the African nation, Liberia. In September 2018 Philadelphia Lone Star introduced a Women’s team, led by Charlie Flowe, a highly decorated US Coach and the team now competes in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
For Trinity’s Chairman, Craig Shepherd, it is a further step forward in the overall ambition of the club, “We knew that when we set out our plans for the future it wasn’t going to be achieved in consecutive seasons. You can’t create a club with a loyal supporter-base overnight and although we are really pleased with the quality of the playing squad this season as we climb the divisions we know it will need to be improved and strengthened over the coming campaigns. Partnerships like this one with Philadelphia Lone Star provides us with a reach into the United States who have been one of the leading nations when it comes to developing female talent in football and we can take plenty of learnings, whereas from speaking to Charlie Flowe I know that opportunities to Coach in Europe are hard to come by and that’s maybe an area we can support with. Both clubs have a desire to grow their brand and merchandise sales globally so only good things can come from collaboration. Philadelphia Lone Star Women play at a very good level in the Women’s Premier Soccer League which sits just below the NWSL Franchise System at elite level so we are really grateful to be partnering with such a forward-thinking organisation. The future looks bright.”
Charlie Flowe, Head Coach at Philadelphia Lone Star Women, said, “I am excited to form such a ground-breaking partnership. Over the past several weeks Craig Shepherd, Paul Konneh and I have had some great conversations about the direction of our club’s within the women’s game. Providing our female players with direct contact in the US and UK is key to the growth of programs. Our coaches will be able to help each other on numerous levels and prospects. We will also look into joint projects to benefit female players in Africa.”