Notts County Women FC have been granted a rise to the East Midlands Women’s Premier League for the 2021/22 season.
An application to the FSA Women’s Board proved to be successful and the team now hope to continue their unbeaten run in a tougher division.
County are one of the many Nottingham sides that had their seasons halted early by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Manager Adam Dunleavy, who has now been in charge for three years, was delighted to end the season this way.
He said: “It has been wonderful to finally secure promotion after what has been a frustrating couple of seasons because of Covid.
“We certainly would have liked to have this confirmed on the grass but with the global pandemic seeing the last two seasons declared null and void, it was important for us to make our application to the FA.
“The players are absolutely delighted.
“They have given so much for the shirt over the last three years and it felt great to be able to pass them the official letter we had received from the FA.
“We have all worked towards this together as a family and to see them so pleased with the news was incredible.”
Having now secured promotion, the staff and player are now looking forward to a new challenge ahead.
Yet, while he is wary of playing football at a higher level, Dunleavy remains confident in the ability of his squad.
“We know we have more than enough in the group already to be competitive in the division above.
“We have a fantastic core of players at the club with some really exciting talent coming through in the juniors.
“That being said, we won’t be heading into the new season with any complacency as there are some incredibly strong sides in that division now and every game will be a battle for points.”
If recent results are anything to go by then County should be confident going into the new season.
In their three league games of the 2020/21 season the side scored 11 goals.
Notts captain Holly Fowler shared her reaction to the news of the promotion.
She said: “I am delighted to finally achieve promotion and really looking forward to hopefully a full season in this new league.
“We were all apprehensive after the submission because of the great teams that had also applied but we knew Dunleavy had done an amazing application and that our unbeaten form in the league would help greatly.
“Our reaction was one of relief and joy really – just so happy to have finally achieved what we set out to in the first season.”
With their status now as a premier division side, the Notts County Women’s side will now be facing the likes of Mansfield Town Ladies and Northampton Town when the 2021/22 season begins.