New season, new home for Spurs Ladies
10 July 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
The hard work has started as Tottenham Hotspur Ladies look to build on their best-ever season.
The players returned to pre-season training on Thursday for five weeks of preparation ahead of kick-off in the FA Women's Premier League South on August 16.
Friendlies have been scheduled against Gillingham, Norwich, Stoke and Hemel Hempstead ahead of the first match at their new home, Cheshunt FC's Theobald's Lane, a local derby friendly against an Arsenal XI on Sunday, August 9.
The ladies enjoyed a fantastic 2014-15.
They finished in their highest-ever league position - fifth in the FAWPL - matched their best-ever run in the Women's FA Cup, where they were beaten in the fifth round by a Notts County team* packed full of internationals (including four players who were in the England World Cup squad - Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood, Ellen White and Carly Telford) and reached the Ryman Cup Final.
With the women's game buoyed further by the Lionesses' performances and third-place finish in the World Cup, all appears rosy going into 2015-16.
"The players have all returned to training, fitness levels are good, we've no injuries and we're raring to go," said manager, Karen Hills.
"We've a number of pre-season friendlies lined-up including the game against Arsenal, our first game at Cheshunt and we're all excited about that.
"Last season was amazing for the club. The only disappointment was that we didn't have a trophy to show for all our hard work. That would have been the icing on the cake.
"We improved throughout the season, the players responded to what we wanted to do and our final league position and the performances showed a team moving forward.
"We've a few things to work on and if we can do that we will have a great chance to follow up what we did last season when we start again in August."
There are three new teams in the FAWPL next season - C&K Basildon, Forest Green and newly-formed Coventry United. Last season's champions Portsmouth and the top four of Brighton, Charlton and Cardiff all remain.
Glenn Weaver, former chairman of Spurs Ladies who sadly passed away earlier this year, has been nominated for the 2015 People’s Award for his work in women's football at this year’s National FA Community Awards Ceremony taking place at Wembley Stadium.
*Notts County reached the final and play Chelsea at Wembley on August 1.