Wight Eagles FC was formed in the Summer of 2020 during the coronavirus lockdown, rising from the ashes of the now-defunct East Cowes Vics Ladies. The senior team already play in the Hampshire Women’s Division 3 but now the recently-established Wight Eagles Academy hopes to introduce players aged 6 to 16 into the sport.
Wight Eagles already have an Under 16s team training with the Senior Ladies, but the club is looking for more players as they look to establish an Under 18s, Under 16s and Under 14s team in Hampshire leagues. Links with Reading Ladies Football Club offer a route of progression.
Dan Verstraeten, Head of Youth Development and 1st Team Coach, is encouraging youngsters to get involved in women’s football by attending Academy training nights at Queensgate School, East Cowes on Friday evenings between 17:30-19:30.
The independent club holds an FA Charter Standard Certificate and boasts fully trained FA coaches, doubled with a vast amount of experience both on and off the pitch.
Sponsorship is being sought to help the Wight Eagles develop over the coming months and years, with an aim of becoming one of the biggest clubs on the Island.
In addition to players, managers and other team members are required including managers for Under 14s, Under 16s and Under 18s, alongside coaches, a chairperson, social media manager and a welfare officer.