QPR FC Women are delighted to announce that our application to be moved up to the FA Women’s National League Division 1 South East for the 2021/22 season has been successful.
COVID-19 cut both our 2019/20 and 2020/21 campaigns short, but on-field success including last week’s Capital Women’s Cup final victory - as well as off-field development - has ensured that our application has been successful and the R’s will be playing in the fourth tier of the Women’s football pyramid next season.
Speaking instantly after the decision, Rangers boss Steve Quashie was delighted, telling www.qpr.co.uk: "We are delighted, it’s fantastic for everyone involved at this great football club.
“Following the FA’s decision to curtail the past two seasons due to the pandemic, clubs were given the opportunity to apply for upward movement and for us we applied for the opportunity to challenge in Tier 4 in the FA Women’s National League Division 1 South East.
“For us to apply there was certain criteria we had to meet and demonstrate that we could achieve.
“This ranges from on-the-field success, in league and cup matches, to off-the-field development including our infrastructure and growth for support, sponsorship, staffing levels and support from our board.”
On the field, QPR FC Women have racked up an impressive number of victories in the London and South East Regional Women’s League, form in usual circumstances which would have seen us competing at the top end of the league table.
Quashie added: “Last season we were flying and what happened, happened. We can’t relive history, but we can celebrate this positive news.
“It’s fantastic for everyone at this football club, it gives us a chance to compete at a level that we know we are more than capable of doing so.
“It’s a new era and I am feeling great.”
QPR FC Women also boast an impressive youth setup which sees girls from as young as the age of eight able to play football for the R’s, creating a fantastic pathway straight into the first team.
Quashie said: “One of our contributing factors is our girls setup, we have an age range right down to our Under-8s and this news is really going to help continue to grow and strengthen the female setup at this football club.
“It clearly shows that we have such a strong pathway and every single member of staff is part of this process, so this is a huge testimony to everyone involved at Queens Park Rangers.”
In December our Women’s side announced a unique sponsorship with UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham, and Quashie was quick to highlight the importance of this.
He added: “We have to celebrate that such companies like UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham want to get involved with this football club and our female programme.
“So, for us to include them in our application process obviously helps us stand out and deservedly so.
“Last season we beat teams from Tier 4 and again this season, obviously we relished the challenge against higher-tier opposition.
"But we are now on a level playing field and we need to take stock, have a deserved short break and prepare for next season’s challenge in Tier 4.”