Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce Southampton Solent University as its Official University Partner, extending the current partnership by a further two years.
The partnership extension also sees Southampton Solent University become a Regional Talent Club Partner.
The National Tier 1 FA Licenced programme is currently operating four age-group teams, with Southampton Solent University offering their support on a number of levels.
The Regional Talent Club will have priority access to Test Park Sports Ground for squad training two nights a week, while the university will also offer sports science and performance analysis support.
Saints will recognise Southampton Solent University’s support by having their logo on the front of the girls’ team kits, both home and away.
Southampton Football Club’s Chief Executive Officer Gareth Rogers said: “We are delighted to welcome Southampton Solent University as a partner of our FA Regional Talent Club.
“Since its launch, the programme has continued to go from strength to strength, with a number of girls receiving international recognition, and that’s in no small part down to the support of Solent University.
“As a club our values are very much centred around turning potential into excellence, and that ethos is very much aligned with the university’s objective of excellent and engaging learning opportunities.
“We would like to thank Southampton Solent University for their support, and look forward to working with them to develop our Regional Talent Club.”
Solent’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin, adds: “We are excited not only to be Southampton Football Club’s Official University Partner, but also a Regional Talent Club Partner, offering our students a fantastic opportunity to interact with the club and gain valuable real-world learning experiences.
“It has been great to see the recognition the players have been receiving and how football plays an integral part of their life. We look forward to helping them excel further through this partnership.”