Date: 25th April 2007 at 12:30pm
Written by:

AFC Bournemouth Ladies Manager, Neil Prince reviews the season and looks to the future. . . .

What a season it`s been for everyone at AFC Bournemouth Ladies.

Playing in the Combination league has been a steep learning curve for some of our younger players but they have all risen to the challenge. Having won three out of our first 5 matches we then suffered the physical aspect of higher league football when we lost several key players through injury and consequently suffered our worst run of form. With the return to fitness of Lindsey Roe, Georgie Hoban, Kerry Fisher and Beki Rider, we now look forward to next year when we should begin to show our true capabilities at this level having secured our league status three weeks ago.

With that in mind we are going to be holding ‘guest training sessions` so that anyone with aspirations of playing at a higher level can come in and see where they are at in relation to the group. The sessions will take place on the 3rd, 8th, 10th & 15th of May 2007.

Any players out there who might consider attending should telephone the club secretary on the number below.

Changes are inevitable AFCB Ladies is going through a period of transition and it is obvious that changes have to be made when planning for the future, that`s a fact of life.

My withdrawal from the group as an active manager/coach has come about because of a career change which means that I will not have the same freedom to be able to commit to training and matches. My new role will be to oversee the direction of the group instead of actively managing it and despite not being at every match I will be just as interested in the development of this club as I have been since joining in 2001. We enjoyed much success at youth and senior level but circumstances dictate and now it is time for a change.
The good news is that we have found a new 1st team coach in John Mackintosh who has worked with the Bournemouth Centre of Excellence as well as Bristol Academy and it is obvious that he will help to further develop the club and he`ll have my continued support should it be required.
We are now looking for a manager who will work alongside John.

The position is open to men and women with experience of managing an adult team and a track record that you would expect to be associated with AFC Bournemouth.

If you believe that you could take on the running of AFCB Ladies 1st team then we want to speak to you as soon as possible so that we can finalise a short list before May 31st.
We are also looking for other managers/coaches to strengthen the group.

For further information regarding any of the above, please contact the Club Secretary on 01202 387435 or 07967 039361

And finally. . . .
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our three main sponsors. . .

One World Partnership
South West Trains
U Drive

They have all contributed so much towards the running of our club and without them we could not have existed at this level. Thank you all for your tremendous support.

I wish everyone at AFC Bournemouth the very best of luck, health and wealth in the hope that we can secure our status in League 1 and the belief that we are going in the right direction towards success and consequent happiness.

It has been an absolute pleasure!

Best regards

Neil