The Rookettes FS Squad V Burgess Hill Town SCWGFL Cup Final.

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The Rookettes FS Squad face their final challenge of the season for more silverware on Thursday.

The Women’s League Challenge Cup Final.

Thursday 28th April. Kick off at Culver Road will be 7.15pm.


In just their second season of senior football, the Lewes Ladies Foundation Squad have been crowned Champions of the Sussex County Women’s & Girl’s Football League.

The young squad, managed by Martin Perkins with Coach Greg Cross, consisting of players who were all eligible to play at under -18s level this season, built on last years impressive form where they won the league Cup.

They topped the league for the first time back in October and haven’t looked back since.

We hope to join this talented squad as a wave of Red & Black on the terraces at Lancing FC to see them win the double for the first time in The Women’s League Challenge Cup final.

Head Of Ladies Football Jacquie Agnew was also pleased to see four players from last year’s squad moving up the pathway and into the Development squad whilst 5 other players made appearances during this season.


Burgess Hill Town Reserves will be their opponents on the night. Having had a bye in the first round The Hillians Reserve team beat Horsham Sparrows 2-1 in a close fought semi final played at Horsham on April 17th. Their goals came from Natalie Bagwell and Isabella May.

Please come and join us to hopefully watch The Rookettes take a double Crown..


Ladies FS squad add more silverware to the cabinet

In just their second season of senior football, the Lewes Ladies Foundation Squad have been crowned Champions of the Sussex County Womens & Girls Football League with an impressive record of :

P 14  W 13 D 0 L 1 GS 100 GA 6 Pts 39

They complete their season with a trip to play Crawley Town Ladies this Sunday.

The young squad, managed by Martin Perkins,  consisting of players who were all eligible to play at the Under18’s level this season, built on last year’s impressive form where they won the League Cup.  They topped the league for the first time back in October and haven’t looked back since, dropping points just once in a game against Sunday’s opponents, Crawley Town.  They will also hope to retain the cup, and win the double for the first time in the League Cup final to be played at Lancing FC on the 28th April (opponents to be confirmed).

Head Of Ladies Football Jacquie Agnew was also pleased to see four players from last year’s squad moving up the pathway and into the Development squad whilst 5 other players made appearances during this season.

Lewes FC & Newman College Launch Girls’ Academy

Newman College EntranceLewes FC and Newman College Announce Girls’ Football Academy Partnership


Lewes Football Club and Brighton & Hove’s Newman College (the Sixth Form of Cardinal Newman Catholic School), are delighted to announce the launch of a Girls’ Football Academy Programme commencing September 2016.

The partnership will offer a two year programme of high-quality, full-time education, as well as exceptional, academy-style coaching on Lewes Football Club’s new £1m 3G FIFA approved pitch. 

Girls between the ages of 16 and 19 will be able to combine quality football coaching with academic studies in order to develop their sporting skills further.

Lewes Ladies v Spurs

Lewes Ladies FC vs Spurs in Premier League action.

The purpose of the Academy is to identify and recruit young footballers of outstanding ability and to coach and educate them to reach their maximum potential, thereby giving them the very best chance of a career in football. The scheme is run in partnership with Lewes Ladies FC and, as a result, there is a direct link and pathway into the Lewes Ladies senior sides. The current First Team play in the FA Women’s Premier League south and compete against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Newman College offers an exciting post-16 learning environment to help students  achieve their goals, providing the best individualised pathway for every student with a wide selection of A-level and BTEC courses on offer. The new modern state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre includes a Lecture Theatre, well stocked library, spacious classrooms and a café. Newman College has a long tradition of academic success — we aim for every student to work hard, have high personal expectations and succeed.

Graham Goldup, Senior Assistant Headteacher for Newman College Sixth Form said,

“We are delighted to be introducing this new, exciting programme to 16-19 year old girls in the local area. Newman Lewes FC Girls’ Football Academy is a fantastic opportunity for students to continue with their academic studies whilst also receiving first class football coaching. Here at Newman College, we have a wide range of courses on offer and have recently opened new state-of-the-art facilities. We are a highly successful Sixth Form and this new Girls’ Football Academy is set to enhance our sports curriculum. We are really looking forward to celebrating our success in this joint venture.”


Jacquie Agnew, Lewes Football Club Director of Ladies Football & Development said,

“These are exciting times for women’s football and I am delighted that we are launching a Girls’ Football Academy Partnership with Newman College. This will really help develop our future pipeline and the Academy will offer the best young players in this region the opportunity to develop into top class footballers, coupled with outstanding, full-time education at Newman College. We want the Newman Lewes FC Girls’Football Academy to become established as being one of the best in the country for its productivity and care of young players, and this partnership will enhance the reputation of Lewes FC and Newman College both on and off the field.”


Applications for Newman College (for September 2016) and interest in the Girls’ Football Academy should be made through the College website where all relevant forms can be found and downloaded.

Places will be very limited, and students will be advised to apply as soon as possible.

Students applying for the College please specify your interest in the Girls’ Football Academy from the outset. Contact, Victoria Jones, Senior Sixth Form Administrator, on (01273) 234332 or via email at,

For Lewes Football Club contact, Jacquie Agnew, Director of Ladies Football, on; 07769 222430, or Kevin Miller CEO, 01273 470820

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Ladies Under-18s shoot into the final

Lewes girlsThe Ladies Development Centre team (Under-18s), playing their first season of senior football, reached the final of the Sussex County League Cup with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Lancing Ladies on Wednesday night.

The win was a great achievement for the girls against the league champions, and was some compensation for a 3-1 defeat to the same team a fortnight ago. In the run to the final they have also beaten the second-place team in the league, Crawley Wasps, so they’ve definitely earned their place.

The girls will play Hurstpierpoint Ladies in the final, which is on Sunday 26th April at the Haven Centre, Crawley Down. Kick-off is 2.30pm.

The Rookettes in the FA Cup This Sunday!

Lewes Ladies DS v Stoke City Res

The Lewes Ladies Development squad have a tough fixture this Sunday at the Dripping Pan, as they take on Stoke City’s Ladies reserve team in the FA Reserves Cup Quarter Final kicking off at 2pm. The match will be a stern test for the Rookettes, as they look to progress in the Cup and test themselves against quality opposition.


The Rook Inn will also be open to show TWO live FA Cup matches on the day. At 2pm Sky Bet League One pace-setters Bristol City entertain Big Sam Alladyce’s bubbling West Ham United, and at 4pm the local excitement reaches fever pitch, as new boss Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion take on Arsene Wenger’s multi-talented Arsenal side, in what could be another FA Cup classic at the AMEX. They’ll be superb food available  – including some deliciously hot soup (!), and doors open at the Dripping Pan at 12:30.

Entrance is FREE!

If you’re a Brighton fan and couldn’t get a ticket for the match, come down to the Pan and watch the game, whilst supporting the Lewes Ladies in their own quest for FA Cup glory!

Ladies Development Squad well beaten by The Seagulls

A challenging afternoon against a Brighton Development Squad team including 7 starters from the previous weeks 1st team game in their starting line-up, saw the Lewes DS team crash to a 9-0 defeat on Sunday at the Withdean Stadium.

An inexperienced Lewes line-up were under pressure immediately from the start, with Brighton passing the ball around well and taking a number of opportunities to give themselves as 4-0 lead within the 1st 20 minutes.  Lewes were unable to handle the movement of Brighton’s front players and received a further blow with the loss of Paige Adams who was stretchered off with a knee injury midway through the half.  This left a Lewes team made up of 16 and 17 year old outfield players, competing against an older and much more experienced Brighton line-up.

To their credit, the girls showed character and despite conceding goals early in the 2nd half, continued to battle and limit the score as best they can.

“Lewes Manager Mark Currier felt that today was a step too far for the team.  “With Brighton involved in a county cup game; we suspected that we may come across some of their first team players and it was effectively a case of damage limitation today.  Obviously no ones happy with being on the wrong end of a 9-0 scoreline, but the majority of the team have only played a handful of adult games and whilst we have been competitive in most games this season; today was a totally different level for them.  Having said that it was an opportunity for them to realise the standards they need to achieve to play at a high level and learn from the opposition, particularly with regards to their movement and intensity.

Despite the gulf in class we didn’t help ourselves at times by giving the ball away cheaply, failing to pick up players etc .  Although we are unlikely to come up against such strong opposition again this season, in any game of football you need to get the basics right and we have to continue to work hard on improving this for the tough games coming up.

Its obviously disappointing to lose Paige as she is a big influence on the team, but hopefully she’ll be back in action before too long.  I’d also like to thank Ian Balmer the Brighton Physio for his expertise and assistance in dealing with and treating the injury at the time.”

Team – Turner, Currier, Smith, D Perrin, Winchester, Cook (Heather) Taylor (c), Miller, Tibble, Adams (S Perrin), G Beckett, (D Beckett)

Player of the match – Chloe Winchester – Read the game well, worked hard and battled to the end in an unfamiliar central defensive position; due to injuries and unavailability of other players.