Papatoetoe AFC withdraw from Lotto NRFL Women's Prems League

Papatoetoe AFC have withdrawn from the NRFL Women's Premier Division and Reserves League.


It is very disappointing for our club and for women's football in the South Auckland region.


Director of Football, Andrew Kirk said ‘There were too many variables that we couldn’t guarantee for a successful season to be honest.  Financially, recruitment wise and player base, our player numbers.


‘Financially to have a team in the NRFL it costs anywhere up to $30,000, when you factor in the tournament entry fees, the referees fees, travel expenses, coaching budget and for a small club like us that been a struggle for a while.


‘I had a detailed conversation with Angela Wallbank, the Competitions Manager for Auckland Football and I went though every single possible scenario.  She was very, very clear on the rules and regulations. 


We obviously wanted to continue as a Premier League club and we were told ‘If our reserves couldn’t field a team three or more games or couldn’t take to the field, we could have been expelled from the competition’


‘We did ask for dispensation, whether we could have no Reserves this year, just to make sure we could have a strong Premier squad that could complete week in, week out,  especially as Northland don’t have a Reserves team in this league, we thought this might have been feasible.


‘We then asked if we could drop down to the Conference, so obviously we would have lost four or five of our premier girls who need to still be playing Premier football, but in order to keep the heart of the club together and and the majority of the girls we asked if we could drop into the conference and again we were told there was no dispensation, unless we had a reserves team we couldn’t even drop into the conference.


The only place Auckland Football offered us was a Division 2 spot, where we already have a team’


We need to take stock, we need to review is working, what's not.  My initial role this year anyway was going to be trying to develop the infrastructure.  That will obviously be a little more difficult without the carrot to dangle of top level Football.


It will still be the same process, how do we make it more sustainable, how do we make stronger links with the community and the schools, and we just need to start building our numbers and teams.



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