Director watches over pride

Director watches over pride

Having retained BAFA’s Sapphire Series and their British champions’ title for a second consecutive year the Lions’ Women’s Programme can finally wrap up another very successful season.

Huge thanks needs to be extended to many, but in particular:

·         our University and UBSport for their continued patronage;

·         the University of Birmingham Alumni for their considered investment;

·         Director of UoB Football Wayne Hill and the overarching Lions programme for their guidance and support;

·         our fantastic (volunteer) Coaches and Support staff for their focus, diligence, commitment and knowledge;

·         to our photographers, especially Garry Charles, who help bring our stories to life and,

·         to our supporters, who follow us pitch-side and on social media, who always add welcome volume to all of our achievements

No thank you can be complete either without a big shout out to the players themselves. Our squad has doubled in size this season but we’ve experienced no loss of value or enthusiasm; our sense of team is still central to everything we do and it still shines as brightly today as it did when we started. The players have dug deep to deliver everything we asked of them; they’ve done this as rookies and returners and they’ve integrated seamlessly. We are very proud of our Lions and we look forward to magic things from this #Pride for not just next season but for seasons to come…but don’t just take our word for it:

“With the Lions Women’s team training alongside the University team throughout the winter I have seen first-hand the development of the players week in week out” offered Director of Football, Wayne Hill “…this hard work and dedication has allowed every player to develop. This is key to the coaching philosophy at the Lions where we truly believe that player development is the key to success.  This has reaped its rewards this year with the Lions A team successfully defending their National Championship which I am extremely proud of, but I am probably even more proud of the recruitment and introduction of a B team that were one win away from competing in the National Championship tournament. The future is looking extremely bright for the Lions Women’s teams for 2016 and we are already looking at developing further and finding challenges beyond the UK.”

Exciting times indeed. Exciting times ahead.


Image courtesy of, and with thanks to, Garry Charles Photography © MyLonelyTreeMedia.

Birmingham Lions Director of Football Wayne Hill