Nottingham Forest Women are delighted to announce that they have formulated an exciting and innovative partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU).
As the next stage of the club's development gathers pace, Nottingham Forest Women will now join forces with NTU to construct a high-quality women’s football programme across their two organisations where talented footballers can apply to study at NTU and also represent Nottingham Forest Women at first-team level.
As part of this brand-new partnership, Nottingham Forest Women will have access to NTU's superb health and well-being resources including strength and conditioning facilities, pitchside physiotherapy and sports science support which will allow first-team players to perform to their optimum levels throughout the course of the season.
This collaboration has been designed to provide a number of exciting benefits for both organisations and will allow opportunities for NTU to offer a sports scholarship (funding, academic flexibility, performance lifestyle support, etc.) to players who wish to feature in the Women’s first-team squad.
James Hayter, Director of Sport at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), said: “We are proud to be entering into a new partnership with Nottingham Forest Women. It will provide great opportunities for our students to continue their studies and perform at an elite level.
"In addition, NTU is well placed to support workforce development activities in partnership with Nottingham Forest Women, offering excellent opportunities for our students and graduates. We are delighted to be welcoming Nottingham Forest Women to our outstanding facilities on Clifton campus and we’re all excited for the season ahead.”
Nottingham Forest Women General Manager, Lee Billiard, said: “To partner with such an outstanding university, based in Nottingham, is a perfect fit for our programme. To have a partnership with NTU that helps elevate what we offer our players from not only an educational standpoint, but also from a health and wellbeing standpoint allows us to have an infrastructure in place that matches our future ambitions of working up through the women’s footballing pyramid.
"The partnership helps us foster our identity of excellence and providing our players a professional environment in order to achieve success both on and off the pitch."