Birmingham City Women ‘sends a formal letter of complaint to the club about working conditions that’ prevent them from doing their job ‘for lack of players, budget and facilities amid their concerns’
- Birmingham City Women’s players have sent the club a letter to complain
- Players were unhappy with their working conditions throughout the season
- The team tried to meet with the board, but their request was denied
- Concerns include medical support, their budget, and access to fitness facilities
Birmingham City Women players have sent the club a formal letter complaining about their working conditions, including medical support, their budget and access to fitness facilities.
The letter, which has been seen by the Telegraph, had the signature of every player in the first team, who complained that their current circumstances “prevent us from doing our job to the best of our ability.”
Players added that they are ‘incredibly proud to wear the club’s badge’ and called for unity among the entire set-up, while listing some grievances about how they were treated.
The women’s squad has called on the club to unite amid some forward concerns
Birmingham City is currently ninth in the Women’s Super League and is in the midst of a relegation battle with several clubs, including rival Aston Villa.
The players mentioned their concerns in the letter, including travel amenities, access to locker rooms and gyms, and their budget, which negatively impacted the size of their matchday team.
Another issue raised was the status of numerous technical staff, with allegations that they are not full-time employees, which would be in violation of WSL licensing rules.
Sources within the club told the Telegraph that players had previously requested a meeting with the board to discuss these issues, but their requests were denied.
A spokesperson said: “The letter was received in the past week and a response has been received. In the letter, a request was made to meet with the board and the request was the first formal request received.
It’s no secret that we have one of the lowest budgets in the league, Covid has only strengthened this. This certainly makes it difficult to compete, but we are doing our best on and off the field in a very difficult time for professional football. ‘
The players were also dissatisfied with their match day preparations, as they had to travel to home and away games on the actual day of the match and were unable to stay overnight in hotels.
A photo shown to the Telegraph of the crew’s alleged treatment room in a portable building
They’ve only stayed in a hotel once all season, which was before Sunday’s 12.30pm kick-off against Chelsea in the Women’s Super League.
The club responded to this particular complaint, saying: ‘We are very fortunate to be located in the center of the country where we can easily travel to our matches without having to stay overnight, while still being able to prepare our team in the best way. . way possible to compete. ‘
Players also expressed concerns about their injury treatment facilities. A photo obtained by the Telegraph shows their alleged treatment room, located in a small, temporary portable building on the club’s training ground in Wast Hills.
The club’s budget is tight, as previously stated by the spokesperson, with only three of their current squads under contract for next season.
The side is concerned that Birmingham will not be fully committed to funding a full-time team next season, and the club has denied these allegations.
The size of Carla Ward’s team has caused real headaches for the team this season, as they could often only name two substitutes for league games if they were injured on their already stretched squad.
Birmingham has not been able to line up a team for competitions this season due to their small squad
Things got so bad for them in January that they couldn’t use a team at all for their game with Tottenham, which was canceled and Spurs later won through an independent court.
Birmingham has also been accused of not sending a doctor with the team to away games, which is not uncommon in the WSL as it doesn’t say in the rulebook that you have to send one to matches, unlike the men’s duel.
A club statement in February said: ‘There are no plans not to participate in the WSL next season and the team is fully focused on what it takes to keep Birmingham City in the WSL.
Both the men’s and women’s first teams have yet to survive in their respective competitions.
‘This makes it difficult to start contract negotiations for next season. It was a challenging time for everyone, including us. We are working towards and hope to ensure the survival of both teams so that we can continue to plan for the club’s future. ‘