Chorley FC have announced they’ll be supporting another team this season, Chorley Magpies. The local netball side is made up of students, office workers and housewives who have been playing together for the last eight years. Last season they finished a creditable fourth in Division Two at Witton Park, Blackburn.
Captain Lorraine Nicholls said: “The name ‘Chorley Magpies’ was suggested because we all live in the town. I approached the football club a few seasons ago, asking if we could use their name, which of course they were happy for us to do so. I have worked in the office at Duke Street Primary School for over 20 years, which is adjacent to Victory Park and it is great to be involved with the football club.” Although this season the netball team contacted the Vanarama National League North side, asking if they could provide kit for the team. Lorraine explained: “We was struggling with sorting a kit this season, so I thought I’d ask the club for support. They have been more than helpful and paid for brand new dresses from their new kit manufacturer, EV2 Sportswear.”
Club Development Officer Gerry Luczka said: “There’s always been a strong desire to make the local community an integral part of the club. When the netball team contacted us, we was more than happy to help them out and used The Football Conference Trust money we received last season to provide support. We intend to keep working with local teams such as this and also schools to deliver more football coaching activities as well as offering a range of sport programmes during the holiday breaks. Watch out for specialised goalkeeping sessions coming soon, led by Sam Ashton and Dave Hedley, aged for youngsters between 8 and 16-years-old.”