Western Sydney Wanderers today are pleased to announce the contract extension of Westfield W-League Head Coach Norm Boardman.Being in charge of an extremely young team last season with 13 new members, Boardman exceeded all expectations in breaking a number of records and milestones.
A first ever Sydney Derby win as well as an away win in Brisbane hailed in the media as “the biggest upset in W-League history” were the two biggest highlights in a season that saw the Red & Black play an entertaining style of football.
A 66% increase in home crowds as well as a W-League record crowd of 3,084 was testament to the style of football being played.
In terms of player registrations, women’s football in Western Sydney has grown 40% since the Wanderers started as a club and having an elite team in the region is a big part of that growth.
It is this growth that Boardman wants to help accelerate using the Wanderers as a vehicle.
“The impact the Wanderers have on Western Sydney is phenomenal,” said Boardman.
“Women’s football is growing so much and I’m excited as we’re not just going to be concentrating on the squad, we’ll be taking an approach to continue the growth of women’s football in the region.”
With a full off-season to recruit and prepare for the Westfield W-League 2015/16 season the future looks bright for the Wanderers to continue building on the positives of last year.
“We need to build on our foundations from last season, we had some good performances and it’s now about improving on that,” explained Boardman.
“We have some time to plan and prepare for a big challenge. We’ll have a look at the progression of our players from last year and look to bring in some new talent both overseas and locally.”