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Reds to host top-flight women's football from next season

13 December 2017

Club reach agreement with Brighton after their successful FA Tier 1 application

Crawley Town FC are pleased to confirm that we have reached an agreement in principal to host Brighton & Hove Albion FC women’s first-team matches at the Checkatrade Stadium from the 2018-19 season.

This follows today’s announcement that Brighton’s application for Tier One status for the 2018-19 season has been accepted, after The FA revealed plans to restructure the highest two tiers of the women’s football pyramid back in September.

Operations Director Kelly Derham said: “We have had several productive discussions with representatives from Brighton over recent weeks and we are delighted to be hosting top-level women’s football at the Checkatrade Stadium next season.

“The relationship between the two clubs has been strengthened in the last two years with us hosting Premier League under-23 games for Brighton. We still have some work to do on the final agreement but it will enable us to invest substantially in the playing surface at the Stadium, thus helping us to fulfil our own plans to improve our infrastructure and move the club forward.

“We also look forward to helping Brighton promote and grow women’s football in our area of Sussex.”

Brighton’s first-team manager Hope Powell said: “I am overjoyed with the announcement, as this will allow the club to realise its aim of playing at the very highest level.

“I have previously said that achieving Tier One status is the next logical step for us in our long-term plan, and I would like to thank everyone inside and outside of the club for their support.”

More information from Brighton & Hove Albion's website can be found here

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