AMBITIOUS plans have been unveiled to make Coventry United Ladies FC the city’s first professional football club.
The three owners of Coventry firm Mirius, initially unveiled as CULFC’s shirt sponsor, have now bought into the club, confirming they will take a 49 per cent stake.
A new ownership structure has been put in place with a view to turning the club professional by the start of the 2022/23 season.
Initial investment will enable an increase in activity across the transfer window, with the club aiming to strengthen the squad in January.
It is hoped the improvements will bring about better results in the second half of the season and save the club from relegation from the Championship.
Steve Quinlan, Darren Langdon and Paul Marsh, who run the global cleaning and hygiene product manufacturer, also want to develop the infrastructure and off-field facilities.
The new partnership will see existing CULFC Directors, Jason Timms and Marcus Green, retain majority control but the Mirius trio will be closely involved and will use their business network and experience to benefit the club.
Mr Langdon said: “From the moment we became involved with Coventry United Ladies, we could see there were so many synergies between our two organisations.
“CULFC have consistently outperformed against larger and better financed clubs by thinking creatively and approaching challenges differently, and the same can certainly be said of Mirius and our brand Hycolin.
“We also absolutely share a love and a passion for our community of Coventry.”
Jade Ogle, Director of Women’s Football at the Club, hopes the accelerated plans for turning professional – alongside dual employment opportunities and access to fully paid scholarships via a relationship the club has with Coventry University – will help attract a marquee signing.
Despite the league position, the club enjoys some of the biggest crowds in the league, with just shy of 1,000 supporters watching their FA Cup clash with Tottenham in February.