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14 May 2024

Farnham Town Women unveil new management staff

Ahead of the reformation of the Farnham Town Women’s team going into the 2024/25 season, the Club are pleased to confirm the management team that will be taking our Ladies forward.

Having been without a Women’s team for some time, the Club made moves over the last few months to put the foundations in place to bring back Women’s football to Farnham Town next season, with a view of giving them the same platform for success that the Men’s team has enjoyed in recent seasons.

At the time of writing, Farnham Town are still awaiting a decision to come down from The FA relating to what step of the Women’s Football Pyramid the team will be entered into, but we’re pleased to confirm the management team taking charge from next season onwards.

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Leading in the dugout will be Martin Wareham [second in from the right in the below image] who arrives as Women’s First Team Manager. Martin has great experience in the game, having played semi-pro football himself as high as Step 3. In the Women’s game, Martin has assumed the role of Assistant Manager / Head Coach of Badshot Lea Ladies who play in the Southern Region Women’s Football League – Step 5 of the Women’s system.

Martin also holds the role of Girls Football Lead and Girls First Team Head Coach at Charterhouse School, in addition to previously working as the Aldershot Girls Lead at Aldershot Academy.

Supporting Martin as Assistant Manager is Luis Emanuel [second in from the left]. Luis again has local non-league experience having played for Eversley & California and Guildford City in the Men’s game. In recent seasons, Luis was part of the coaching setup at Badshot Lea Ladies where he helped coach the team to promotion to Step 5 Women’s football.

Jack Steele [far left of photo] joins the group as Goalkeeping Coach. A full-time personal trainer in his day job, Jack was an academy goalkeeper with Reading and Wycombe up to U18 level before moving into non-league football. He’s worked as a goalkeeping coach at Alton Ladies and Badshot Lea Ladies where he’s worked closely with both Martin and Luis in the last couple of years.

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Lastly, Ben Pack [far right of photo] completes the quartet as First Team Coach and Player Development Lead. For much of the last decade, Ben has been coaching Women’s football across many levels. Between 2020 and 2022, Ben was the manager of AFC Stoneham U18 Girls, leading them to the League County 1 title in 20/21 before completing the League & Cup double in 21/22.

Over the last two seasons, he has acted as the Assistant Manager of the AFC Stoneham Ladies First Team, supporting them as they won the Southern Region Div 1 title this past season.

In his first interview with the Club, Martin said: “I grew up in the Farnham area, I went to school in Farnham, I’ve seen the development of the Club over the last few seasons it’s incredibly exciting watching from afar. As I was coaching in Women’s football, I met the guys at Farnham and noticed that the Club lacked a Women’s team, and thought ‘Why don’t we build one together?’

“I was introduced to Women’s football while working at Aldershot Academy and started really enjoying my coaching there. The Ladies were really receptive to our coaching and our ideas, and that helped lead me to secure a role at Charterhouse, which is a really big football school heading up their Girls’ football before getting a role in the management team at Badshot Lea Ladies.

“With the Farnham Town Women’s team, we want to score a lot of goals. We want to be exciting, always on the front foot, pressing high and entertaining people. We’ve seen the attendances that Farnham Town has been getting lately, and we believe that an exciting Women’s team can get strong support as well.

“The children that come and watch the Men’s team idolise some of those players and they act as an inspiration for the next generation. On the Ladies side, there’s a load of young girls in Farnham who haven’t been able to watch Women’s football and support a team. We believe that we can be that for them and that the Farnham Town Women’s team can be an inspiration for young girls in the area.

“Whatever tier we get entered in at for next season, our aim is to be successful and win promotion. We’re speaking to a lot of talented women who are eager to come and join this project and journey at Farnham Town. The success and support that the Men’s team has had is something the Club are looking to push for the Women’s team as well, so it will be a great opportunity for them.

“The support will be absolutely massive for us. From my experience, the attendances at the level we’re likely to enter at, we’re talking like 40 or 50 people. We know this is a Town that loves its football, and we hope to see many of them coming down to support the Women’s team as we look to build our own success and write our own story. It’s such a great feeling for players to see fans react and get excited watching them play, so we want to encourage as many fans come down as possible.

“I believe the sky is the limit for the Farnham Town Women’s team, and we cannot wait to get underway!”

Our Women’s team are still looking for a First Team Physio to join the backroom staff this season. If you’re interested, please get in touch: womens@ftfconline.com

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