Pictured from left to right: Taylor Gregson (Burnley FC Women first team player), Matt Bee (Burnley FC Women first team manager), Neil Hart (Burnley FC Women Chair), Shaun Astin (Chairman of Padiham FC) and Martin Smith (Burnley FC Women Club Secretary)

Burnley FC Women is delighted to announce the first team will play their home fixtures at Padiham FC’s Arbories Memorial Sports Ground during the 2018/19 season.

In another move forward for the newly-promoted women’s first team, the players will now battle it out in a semi-professional environment against teams including Newcastle United Women’s FC, Leeds United Ladies FC and Bolton Wanderers Ladies FC in the FA Women’s National League Division One North.

This announcement follows a series of significant changes that mark a new era for Burnley FC Women. As well as promotion into the FA Women’s National League Division One North, the club underwent a rebrand over the summer with a new logo and a new name.

Shaun Astin, Chairman of Padiham FC said: “Another great partnership! After agreeing to merge with Padiham Saints, I am proud to announce that Burnley FC Women are to use the Ruby Civil, Arbories Memorial Ground for their home games over the coming season.

“This is not only a good thing for the club but it shows the continued efforts of the club to bring the community together. Having Burnley FC Women on board can only bring good relations between Burnley FC and the local community. All at Padiham FC wish Burnley FC Women every success for the coming season.”

Neil Hart, Chair of Burnley FC Women said: “This new football home for Burnley FC Women signifies once again the progress that is being made at the club. We were keen to ensure the Women’s home fixtures were played locally and we’ve found a likeminded, fantastic partner in Padiham FC. We look forward to working with Shaun Astin and his team at Padiham FC over the course of the coming season.”

To watch Burnley FC Women at their home fixtures it will cost adult supporters £2 and it will be free of charge for children aged 16 and under. All proceeds raised from the fixtures will be split between Burnley FC Women and Padiham FC.

Now fully operated by Burnley FC in the Community, Burnley FC’s official charity, further developments are soon to be implemented at Burnley FC Women, including the imminent launch of a brand-new Burnley FC Women’s website.

Open-age pre-season sessions for players interested in joining the first team and reserve team will be held at the Prairie Sports Village on Thursday 5th July from 7.30pm – 9pm. For more information on this, please contact Female Football Development Officer, Matt Bee, on m.bee@burnleyfc.com.