POMPEY LADIES chairman Mick Williams saluted the ‘Pompey family’ following the implementation of stronger ties with Fratton Park.
The Ladies this week reached agreement with the Blues to share resources.
The ground-breaking deal permits Craig Taylor’s side to use the club’s gym and physio facilities at their Hilsea training ground.
In addition, Pompey coaches Leam Richardson and Robbie Blake are to assist with coaching on occasions.
The club and Sondico will also donate a first-team kit to the Ladies for their FA Premier League southern division campaign.
Williams, a former Pompey board member, has pushed for a structured agreement for some time.
And he is delighted to have formalised an arrangement.
He said: ‘I am over the moon, because this agreement cements the Ladies as part of the Pompey family.
‘I love Pompey in the Community, I love Pompey and I love Pompey Ladies, we are all part of the Pompey family and it should be recognised as that.
‘I want our Ladies to be proud of being part of that family and Pompey proud to be associated with the Ladies and what they achieve – and we are working towards that now.
‘It has taken a while, I didn’t want to stir things up and probably should have been more proactive.
‘But I am well aware of the hustle and bustle of running a football club with so many demands of people’s time.
‘I cannot expect the club to put lots of money in the Ladies, I appreciate they want to get the best team out on the pitch.
‘However, there are things they can do to help which are not going to cost lots – and that is what the agreement is about.
‘For instance, Emma Sherwood has a knee problem and we are now working with Pompey’s physio Nick Meace to decide whether keyhole surgery is needed.
‘The results of the scan have been sent to him and he is looking after her.
‘Our manager met Paul Cook and his staff last week and they have agreed for Leam and Robbie to be involved in some of our training sessions.
‘We will also be able to use the club’s gym facilities for strength and conditioning on Tuesday or Thursday evenings when we train.
‘And we have been given the green light to stage an end-of-season match at Fratton Park to raise money for charity.
‘The club already promote us on social media channels and dedicate a page in the match-day programme, so we have had a link for some time.
‘But this agreement formalises everything and we are very grateful to the club.’
Pompey Ladies currently number Williams & Co and Bishops Printers as main sponsors.
However, anyone seeking to sponsor a Ladies player or make a small donation towards the running of the club can do so by visiting portsmouthfcladies.co.uk/payments