Gosport Gators B are entering an exciting new era.
When the club’s second string take to the courts next week, they will be without many of their former stars.
University enrolment has torn the Gosport & Fareham League division four outfit to shreds.
But the club is refusing to mourn the loss of a raft of talents.
Instead, the B team are determined to rise to the challenge and ensure their fresh start is a successful one.
‘Our team has mainly consisted of girls who have worked their way through the junior divisions into the adult league,’ said second-team skipper Rachel Keywood.
‘Sadly, several have left this season to go to university.
‘So this season we are forming a new team.
‘And with a new kit – thanks to a generous sponsorship deal – we are looking forward to a fresh start.
‘The new season poses challenges for us but we are looking forward to working together.’
Preparations for the new season were given a major boost when Gosport pub, The Queen’s Head, jumped on board.
The financial assistance has seen the teams decked out in new kit.
And it will help the club better cope with the rigours of amateur sport.
‘We are thrilled to have new sponsorship by Fon and Becky Owen at The Queen’s Head,’ said Gators club chairwoman Liz Hendrick.
‘It has enabled us to buy new kit – our old kit had been used for many seasons and was looking in poor shape until Fon came to the rescue.
‘Fon and Becky support several local teams playing a variety of sports and we were delighted when they agreed to include us in their good works for the local community.
‘They have been long-term supporters of our club.’
Gosport Gators’ first team play in division three.
The club also has three juniors teams – one in each age group of the Gosport & Fareham junior league.
‘The club continues to go from strength to strength,’ added Hendrick.
‘This year we are also working towards CAPs accreditation.
‘But with ever-rising costs and the requirement for volunteers to undertake courses, a club like ours relies on support such as that given by Fon and Becky and we are very thankful.’