VACANCY: Communications Manager (voluntary)

Want to join the Crawley Wasps backroom staff at a crucial time in the club’s history?

We’re recruiting for a volunteer communications manager. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the club’s media and marketing output from the start of the 2020-21 season. You will join an ambitious club with a talented first team still carrying the momentum of back-to-back promotions, a burgeoning youth section with more than 100 players and a family of supportive sponsors.

Although a busy role, you will be well supported by a communications officer, commercial manager, club photographer and the main committee. You will also work alongside the club’s current communications manager during a handover period, to create a new communications and marketing strategy that supports the club’s vision and ambitions.

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate will…
ꟷ Help create and execute a club-wide communications and marketing strategy
ꟷ Work closely with the first-team manager and players, and support the aims of the club’s other senior and youth teams
ꟷ Help manage the club’s official website
ꟷ Help manage the club’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)
ꟷ Alongside the club’s communications officer, write match reports and news articles, conduct interviews both pre and post-match, and act as PA announcer on home matchdays
ꟷ Liaise with the club’s wide network of national, regional, local and trade media contacts to secure coverage of the club in print, online and on TV and radio
ꟷ Help produce content for the club’s matchday programme
ꟷ Support the generation of commercial income by maximising media support for sponsorship
ꟷ Monitor the club’s media and new player email addresses
ꟷ Regularly attend first-team matches (and games involving the club’s other teams where possible), main committee meetings and club events, and act as an enthusiastic supporter of the club’s aims and objectives
Please note: Most of the above responsibilities will be divided up among the communications team.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
ꟷ Experience of writing football match reports and articles
ꟷ Confidence to conduct broadcast-style interviews and communicate with players, staff and fans
ꟷ An enthusiasm for women’s football and a working knowledge of the women’s football pyramid
ꟷ Ability to meet deadlines and excellent time-management skills
ꟷ Sensitivity towards confidential information
ꟷ Able to attend matches (home & away) on Sundays and some midweek evening training sessions

Experience of managing communications and/or marketing (particularly in football), experience of using WordPress, Adobe InDesign,  Adobe Audition and Dropbox, and experience of using social media accounts in a professional context are all desirable, but training in these areas can be provided.

TO APPLY: Please send a CV, covering letter and example of a written football piece (ideally published) to Andrew Raeburn at media@crawleywasps.com, by midday on Friday June 26, CLICK HERE to download a PDF version of the job description.

Join our DS and youth ranks for 2020-21

   

Crawley Wasps are seeking talented adult and youth footballers to join us for the 2020-21 season.

Recruitment has started for the Development Squad, our Ladies third team who last season played in the South East Counties Premier Division.

They will stay in the sixth tier of the pyramid next season, but after a slight shake up will play in Division 1 of the London & South East Football League.

There is a clear pathway from the DS to our reserves and first team in the FA Women’s National League.

We also have opportunities in our youth ranks, from U9s to U15s. You will receive high-quality coaching at an FA Charter Standard club, in a fun and friendly environment which promotes player welfare and development above everything else.

We are also seeking a coach to join our existing U15s set-up. A level 1 qualification is essential but preference is for Level 2.

For more information, click the above posters, or to register your interest, email newplayer@crawleywasps.com.

 

VIDEO: Crawley Wasps season 2019-20

The season may have been curtailed unexpectedly but it was still a superb campaign for Wasps in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

We won 15 of our 20 matches in all competitions, scoring 43 goals and keeping 11 clean sheets. We were top of the table when the season was declared void, and had not long clinched our first-ever Sussex County Cup triumph.

Relive some of the stand-out memories of 2019-20 in the video below…

NEWS: Check out our new YouTube channel!

The season may have come to a premature end – but we’ve relaunched our YouTube channel this week!

We’ve got some of our youth players doing our #WaspsbarChallenge and taking on Platform Coaching’s Home Olympics.

There’s also coaching drills from first-team head coach Mike Gardner and captain Naomi Cole, plus much more content to come.

To subscribe (for free), click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLqShF47H1MTVLq3y_xcxCA

NEWS: FA declares season null and void

The FA has today ended the 2019-20 season for tier three and below with immediate effect, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

All leagues below the FA Women’s Championship have been declared null and void with no promotion or relegation.

This affects our first team, reserves and development squad, with all future matches now cancelled.

You can read the full FA statement here: http://www.thefa.com/news/2020/mar/26/national-league-system-womens-football-pyramid-grassroots-covid-19-update-260320

While it is obviously regrettable, particularly given how well our first team were doing at the top of the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division, we support the decision taken.

The health, safety and wellbeing of the entire country is of primary importance right now. Football will still be here when the situation has improved.

We thank everyone – players, management, coaches, volunteers, fans and sponsors – for their efforts and support since August.

We will be hungry for success whenever next season starts. But for now – stay home, stay safe, save lives. Please.

REPORT: Crawley Wasps 1 Chichester City 0

Kemina Webber celebrates her goal with captain Naomi Cole (Picture: Alan Sillwood-Brown)

By Tom Scarborough at East Court

Kemina Webber’s strike late in the first half secured Wasps a narrow victory and extended their lead at the top of the FA National Women’s League Southern Premier Division.

The 1-0 win over bottom-side Chichester increased the gap to second-placed Watford to nine points.

Webber’s goal, her third of the season, came on her first home league start of the campaign.

The two sides, meeting for the second time in just six days, battled freezing conditions on Wednesday evening at East Court.

After a penalty shoot-out in Wasps’ County Cup final victory on Sunday, both Crawley and Chichester were eager to get stuck into each other once again.

In the early exchanges, Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs was called into action to palm behind Gemma Simmonds’ long-range effort, while at the other end Tash Stephens hit low against her former club, but the chance was collected by Chi ‘keeper Issy Foster.

Tash Stephens in action against her former club (Picture: Alan Sillwood-Brown)

Wasps skipper Naomi Cole drove a shot that fell just the wrong side of the post – but just as the first-half looked set to peter out, we struck the crucial blow.

Cole swung in a free-kick from the right and following a short scramble, the ball fell to Webber and last season’s top scorer poked the ball home.

The second half proved to be a quieter affair, with Chi happy to sit deep and Wasps unable to open them up.

Charlotte Owen sent a shot sailing over the bar before Megan Stow’s powerful header was glanced wide. Webber looked to double her tally after turning and shooting in space, but the chance was collected by Foster.

Wasps controlled possession as the match entered the closing stages.

A handful of further half-chances were squandered, including a Chichester corner deep into injury-time, which was defended with purpose as Wasps saw out their 12th league win of the season.

We are next in action on March 8, when we host Keynsham Town at East Court.

Wasps: Gibbs; Nash, Russell, James, Palmer; Cole, Stow; Heather, Owen, Stephens; Webber. Subs not used: Graves, Taylor, Fleischman, Ledezma-Viso.

Summer Tournament 2020 – a festival of youth football

Crawley Wasps LFC will be staging a summer youth tournament in June – and your club can get early-bird prices until the end of next month.

The festival of youth football will take place on Sunday 21 June at Ardingly College.

There will be six-a-side tournaments for U9s, U10s, U11s, U12s, U13s and U14s, and a non-competitive series of matches at U8 level.

Entry is just £45 per team – but this is reduced to £35 if you register before March 31. You can also enter for FREE if you successfully refer a pitchside sponsor to us.

Spectator entry on the day will be: Adults £2, U16s free (includes programme).

To register your team, download the entry form here, fill it out electronically, and email it to jackayles@aol.com.

REPORT & GALLERY: Chichester City 1 Crawley Wasps 1 (Wasps win 4-3 on penalties)

Wasps players and staff celebrate with the trophy, drowned in champagne and confetti (Picture: Alan Sillwood-Brown)

Crawley Wasps  lifted the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup for the first time in their history as they beat Chichester City 4-3 on penalties in a tense final at Lancing on Thursday.

Captain Naomi Cole tucked away the deciding spot-kick to spark celebrations after goalkeeper Frankie Gibbs had made a crucial save in the shoot-out.

Earlier, Ellie Russell’s bullet header had given Wasps a half-time lead, which could have been greater – Cole’s long-range shot cannoned off the bar, Rachel Palmer was denied by a fine save and Russell nodded against the post.

But cup holders Chi, who had been restricted to speculative long-range efforts, levelled early in the second half when Megan Fox’s shot was parried by Wasps keeper Frankie Gibbs and Rebecca Bell slid in to convert.

Wasps almost went back in front immediately but Emma Plewa’s shot was too close to impressive Chi keeper Issy Foster. At the other end, Gibbs leapt to her right to brilliantly save from Fox’s volley.

Wasps put Chi on the back foot in extra time, with Foster pushing away Cole’s firmly struck shot and denying Sam Pittuck, while Plewa and Kemina Webber both fired narrowly wide of the post.

GALLERY: More pictures from our historic Sussex FA Women’s Challenge Cup win will appear here soon.

It meant the trophy would be decided on penalties, the first shoot-out Wasps have been involved in since a Women’s FA Cup second-round defeat way back in January 2012.

Chi took first and Priscilla Martins scored, but Russell – the goalscorer in normal time and arguably Wasps’ best player over the 120 minutes – sliced wide in response.

However, the scores were then levelled up when Chi’s Jess Burke hit the post and Wasps’ Sian Heather sent Fisher the wrong way.

Gibbs then saved from Sharna Capel-Watson to give Wasps the advantage, strengthened further when Emma Plewa made it 2-1 after three kicks.

Bell and Fox then netted for Chi, but vice-captain Rachel Palmer converted to set up her skipper Cole for the trophy-clinching moment.

Wasps: Gibbs; Russell, James, Palmer; Nash, Owen, Cole, Stow, Stephens; Pittuck, Heather. Subs (rolling): Plewa, Webber, Ledezma-Viso, Fleischman. Unused: Graves.

NEWS: Yeovil match postponed

Regretfully, this Sunday’s FA Women’s National League game against Yeovil Town has been postponed.

The pitch at East Court has standing water in some areas after rain overnight and with more due, courtesy of Storm Ciara, it’s highly unlikely to be playable.

We have taken Yeovil’s travelling into account in making an early decision on the postponement.

A rearranged date will be announced in due course.