Two weeks ago, Loughborough Foxes first team kicked off the season in the Women's National League against Hull Ladies. The club took a low profile during this preseason to continue to build on all the recent happenings in the club within the last year including the launch of Molly's Gift as well as lots of new signings.
So, what's been happening at the club?
[size=large]Back in the North[/size]
When Jenny Sugarman stepped down as first team manager mid-season last year, Isabel Martin stepped up from assistant coach to lead the Foxes for the remaining season. Issy's continued work has secured her position for the 19/20 season with a newly recruited assistant Calum Pye, who's looking to do his UEFA B since moving from Long Eaton. A second change for the team is the transition from the Southern National League to the Northern Division back competing with local rivals Derby County and Notts Forest.
After the club saw Jodie Bartle, Ria Acton, and Millie Chandarana all depart, there have been some new signings and different positions filled by current players - with Olivia Bramley returning to the club after a season abroad, as well as a new signing of Grace Stanley amongst others. Celia Webb has also recently been called up to the first team from Foxes reserves, making superb impressions so far.
Chloe Young is also returning to the match day squad after nurturing an injury, with Harriet Simes also progressing with her rehab. Sadly during preseason Pip Cassidy became subject to injury with a ruptured ACL, she now awaits surgery.
Foxes reserves and the vixens continue to build and mould their squads ahead of their new season which kicks start in a couple of weeks with the retained managers Mark Wayman (Reserves) and Nick Lawrence (Vixens).
[size=large]Molly's Gift Launch
With the bank holiday came the launch of Molly's gift - a trust set up in memory of the Loughborough Foxes Vixens Captain Molly Webb who suddenly passed away on Sunday, January 6.
The trust was the idea of Molly’s partner Emily Sharpe and Molly’s close friend Leandra Whelband, who were also teammates of Molly. It designed to provide funding opportunities for youth development in sport, particularly for disadvantaged children; something that was incredibly close to Molly’s heart. Monies raised will allow local sports clubs, schools and other community projects, to apply for grants though the trust to fund activities, purchase equipment and facilities or to simply support and encourage youngsters from all walks of life into pursuing their sporting talent.