Who We Are?
We are Wight Eagles FC a female football club based on the Isle of Wight. We were formed during the summer of 2020 after previously playing under another club, however due to a lack of interest or support by that club our committee was formed and created a whole new club dedicated to the female side of football. With a lack of female teams on the island and a need for a club that is focused solely on building women’s and girl’s football on the Island and the time was right for us. We had support from a local college to use there 4g pitch as our temporary home and we quickly built a strong senior team. With covid hitting the season hard we have not really got started at senior level with just 5 games under our belt in 12 months.
Although the covid impact affected everyone we did launch our Academy set up at Christmas and that has been really successful, with over 60 girls currently training every week from ages 6 to 16. We have an amazing set up of coaches at both senior and youth level with many years of experience in the game. We achieved the FA Charter Standard award within days of applying for it which was a massive achievement for us. Wight Eagles are also an official sister club of Reading FC Women of the Women's Super League. We hope to create more partnerships with teams from around the world over the next few years.
The senior team currently compete in the Hampshire Women’s 4th division with future goals for the team to reach the Southern Region division.
We are hoping to build the number one place to be for any aspiring women or girls to play football at the highest level possible. The Isle of Wight has struggled as a whole to get clubs at a nationally recognised level of football and it’s time for a club to aspire to achieve this. Our Academy has been set up to allow girls to play and be supported by the whole club, to be given a pathway for youth girl footballers to come through to the senior team. Something that is not available elsewhere on the Island. We want to educate players not just on the field but also off field. With our hopes for the senior team and for us now to create teams out of our youth training groups and enter them into the Hampshire Girls league. We have just successfully entered our U12 team into the Hampshire Girls League which we are very proud of. The long term plan for the club is to find a permanent home for women’s and girl’s football to thrive. We have plans to launch a women’s recreational group as well as starting a disability women’s team that has never been done before on the Island. We also hope to build our brand and be able to branch into other women’s sports under our name.
What We Need:
We are currently in need of essential training equipment for all our groups as well as playing and training kits for all the youth groups. Covid had a massive financial impact on the club and derailed a lot of good work. We had a local small business owner that supported the club financially but with covid’s effect on her business she has now had no choice but to step away and with no income through training for so long the club has been left with a lot of players at senior and youth level with not a lot of finances to help the club run. With all of our away games being on the mainland of England we need to use a minibus to take the teams across on the ferry, this is a very expensive venture hiring and ferry costs so we are hoping to raise funds that will help purchase are own minibus what will save the club 100s of pounds every week. Any excess money raised will go towards goals and pitch equipment when we get a home to move to.
We have turned to crowdfunding as we are finding sponsorship hard to come by because of the effects of covid but also finding a lot of potential sponsors have committed to other teams on the Island. With our main income in subs having been affected for so long and what support we had stepping away we need some help financially with the things we need. We are hoping to reach a wider audience that may never heard of us or followed clubs on the Isle of Wight but would like to help us achieve our goals and get behind a club not just trying to be successful on the field but also that is creating opportunities and opening doors that have not been open before.
Goals with money raised
£500 will get all are youth teams essential training equipment (balls,cones,bibs poles and a medical bag)
£1000 will make sure we get all the above plus the same for the senior team and some extra equipment for all teams
£3000 will get us all the above but also playing kits for all are youth teams under 8s , 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s
£4000 will get all the above plus the senior team a new home kit
£6000 will get us all the above and away kits for all teams
£7000 will get us all the above plus training tops possibly kits for all club players
£10000 will get us everything above but also buy us a much-needed minibus for the club to be able to get to all away matches both youth and senior teams
£10000+ will get everything above but also go towards goals and pitch equipment at our new ground and also secure the club for a number of years and help us achieve the high goals we have set ourselves. It will also make sure we can put all club coaches and support them through to the FA level 2 award.