Sligo Rovers and IT Sligo have announced new plans to form a senior women's team with a view to joining the SSE Airtricity Women's National League from the 2022 season onward.
IT Sligo has been a long-term partner with Sligo Rovers offering support in training and sports scholarships to the senior men's team over the past two years.
Now the Institute of Technology Sligo will extend sports scholarships to women players giving them the opportunity to play at senior level at Sligo Rovers.
Announcing the new plans, Sligo Rovers Chairperson, Tommy Higgins said the partnership will allow elite women soccer players to participate at the highest level and gain an excellent academic qualification while playing:
'’We are delighted to enhance our partnership with IT Sligo which has seen us create scholarships for our players over the last two years," he said.
"Women’s football is something we are passionate about and we want to add to our existing Under 17 and Under 19 teams and incorporate a Senior team to compete in the SSE Airtricity Women’s National League.
"This is a big step for women’s football in the North West region and we hope it gives female footballers in the region something to work towards both educationally and in sporting terms’’
Vice President Academic Affairs and Registrar of IT Sligo, Dr Michele Glacken said it offers equal opportunities for female soccer players;
"IT Sligo is delighted to support the development of a Women’s National League team for the North West region. This partnership builds on our current successful Scholarship programme with Sligo Rovers, and offers equal opportunities for female soccer players to succeed in their sporting and academic pursuits.
"As an Institute, our aim is to help attract and retain talent in the region. By supporting this initiative, we are helping provide a level playing field for girls, ensuring they don’t have to compromise when it comes to furthering their education and pursuing their sporting careers"
Sligo Rovers have an U17 and U19 team currently playing in the Women's National Leagues in those age groups.