Gas Girls set to play at the Mem

THE successful Bristol Rovers Women’s team is back under the management of Bristol Rovers FC after 18 years.
The agreement will see the Gas Girls play their home games in thew National League at The Memorial Stadium from the start of the new season.

Bristol Rovers Women secured their place in the league after topping the South West Women’s Football League Premier Division in 2023-24. The side have sat within Rovers’ Community Trust since 2019, during which time they have won three promotions and contributed greatly to the growth of women’s football in the community.

Rovers chairman Hussain AlSaeed said: “Welcoming Bristol Rovers Women back into the Club fold is a proud day for all of us. Ensuring a ‘one-club’ policy across all of our squads at Rovers has been a priority of mine since joining, and it is a pleasure to finally be able to say ‘welcome home’ to the Gas Girls.

“Under the management of the Community Trust, the team have done exceptionally well over the last five years and my sincere thanks goes to chairman Rod Wesson, the trustees, CEO Adam Tutton, women’s team manager Nathan Hallett-Young and the team for their hard work and effort in growing, promoting and developing the side.

“We now look forward to an exciting and ambitious future for the Gas Girls. I am excited to work closely with the squad, the coaching team, and our staff at Bristol Rovers to instil an infrastructure that allows the side to progress even further through the divisions and compete at the top end of women’s football.”

Community Trust CEO Adam Tutton said: “I am incredibly proud that Bristol Rovers FC have kindly agreed to take over the management and financing of our women’s team.

“The Gas Girls was formed in the spring of 2019 by Bristol Rovers Community Trust, the club’s official charity, with a focus on community, education, participation and performance.

“Our ambition was to bridge the gap between amateur and professional football, offer educational opportunities for girls in sport through our education programme, build an inclusive community within the club and work alongside other organisations and charities who represented our values.

“It is a privilege to say that we have exceeded our ambitions both on and off the pitch, none of which would have been possible without the efforts of our incredible team of volunteers and our supportive sponsors, all of whom I thank greatly.