AFC Bournemouth Women returned to training last night following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in England.
Steve Cuss’ side hadn’t been on the grass since December when the tier system allowed limited activity.
However, the squad were reunited at Slade’s Park last night as they prepare for a special cup competition, which will last until the end of the season.
After the Southern Region Women’s Premier League was declared null and void by the FA last week, authorities have come together to ensure the teams still get some competitive football in before the end of the season.
A group stage is set to be drawn up, featuring a host of local sides, with a quarter-final, semi-final and final ultimately played to decide a winner.
It will be a welcome return to match action for the girls, who have played just seven fixtures since March last year.
Following the news that they would be back competing, manager Cuss was full of praise for the authorities: “I think the FA had a really difficult decision.
“They had so many different clubs that were at so many different levels in terms of being able to come back and play.
“I’ve got to give credit to our league who have decided to put a cup competition together that will last over the next two months.
“Now we can be focused on that because we want to do really well in it and finish the season as strongly as we can.”
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Thank you to Bournemouth University for being the front of shirt sponsor and thank you to Vitality for supporting our Women's and Girls setup.