ENFIELD TOWN LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB – CLUB HISTORY
ENFIELD TOWN LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB was founded in 1985 as Merryhills Midgets, a name taken from the primary school that the founder members attended. The original idea for the Club was started when some girls showed an interest in playing football and their parents decided to help them achieve their wish.
We only competed in 5-a-side tournaments in the early years, but continued to grow as more players joined. The Club has undergone a couple of name changes throughout the years and in 2003 we formed official links with Enfield Town FC (Men’s), which was set up by the supporters of the defunct Enfield FC, leading us to be called Enfield Town Ladies FC.
In partnership with the Mens Section at Enfield Town FC we as a club were awarded FA Charter Standard Community Award Status in 2014 which is a very prestigious award and the highest recognition of a grassroots football club within the FA. An FA Charter Standard status club is a clear demonstration to all parents, sponsors and the public, that a club;
• Is well-organised, safe and offers opportunities for all
• Has FA-qualified coaches as standard
• Adheres to FA Respect Policies and Codes of Conduct
• Prioritises Child Welfare
• Maintains appropriate levels of discipline
• Has access to the County FA and FA regional workforces
• Can use the coveted ‘Three Lions’ FA crest on its marketing and business materials.
The Ladies Section remains one of the largest and longest established girls and women’s football clubs in the South East today. Our Vision is to be an inclusive club for all within the community. Providing a “Football for All” philosophy so all players can enjoy playing competitive football without the pressure of having to win games. The aspiration is to provide quality training, development and opportunities for the benefit of the individual, the teams and the football club as a whole and to provide a model pathway for learning and development of youth players such that the opportunity to play for the First Team and other Senior Teams exists.
We are also a chosen “sister club” of Arsenal Women whereby the Club’s coaches have access to their training plans and can request meetings with their coaches. There are also a number of opportunities for our Youth Section to be mascots, ball girls and flag bearers at Arsenal Women’s home matches.
We are always looking to run as many teams as there are members for, allowing “Football for All”. Interested parties are invited to attend open training sessions prior to each season starting. All teams play in competitive leagues, with the exception of teams aged under 10 years, who play friendly matches at a central venue. All competitive home games take place at Donkey Lane on Saturday mornings (U17s and below) and on Sunday afternoons (Development, Reserves and Firsts). The Development and Reserves Teams compete in the Greater London Women’s League and the First Team to compete in the FA Women’s National League (Step 3/4) and play their home games at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium which is shared with the Men’s Teams.
Promotion is an ambition for the First Team to play at the highest level possible in the women’s game following their most recent success in 2016 when they reached an FA Women’s National Cup Final for the first time in their history.