FGR Women have been granted upward movement within the football pyramid.

With both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons being curtailed, clubs were invited to apply to the FA for upward movement based on results over the last two seasons and off-field infrastructure.

Under head coach Chris Hicks and head of women’s football David Hennessy, the club won five out of five in the South West Regional Women's Football League Eastern Division in 2020/21.

The successful application means FGR Women will be playing in the South West Regional Premier Division next season, the fifth tier of the Women’s pyramid.

Last month it was announced the women’s team will become part of Forest Green Rovers, having previously been an independent organisation. Plans have also been revealed for a women's academy.

Richard Hughes, director of football, said: "This is a great achievement for our women's team, and not just a reward for all the efforts of everyone involved over the last two seasons, but a real sign of the exciting times ahead."

David Hennessy said: “This is fantastic news and it's the result of a genuine team effort.

"The coaches and the players have turned up every Sunday giving 110 per cent over the last two uncertain seasons."

Rovers will now be looking to expand their squad ahead of the 2021/22 season, and are running open sessions at Hartpury University on Thursday, June 24 from 7pm-9pm and at The innocent New Lawn on Sunday, June 27 from 2pm-4pm .

The event at Hartpury will be a training session, while the date at The innocent New Lawn will take on a match format. Players of all abilities can apply at qrco.de/bc8kma