Thanks to East Cowes Vics Ladies.

An Isle of Wight ladies’ football team have scored not one but two new “exciting” sporting partnerships.

East Cowes Vics Ladies, who only formed last year, have signed a deal with Madrid-based side AD La Meca de Rivas – a club themselves affiliated with La Liga giants Real Madrid.

The partnership with the Spanish side came about thanks to Vics’ boss Stephen Spriggs who has contacts in the country and has been working with the club over the summer.

It could see the Island side visit Spain and hold training camps there.

East Cowes Vics Chairwoman, Victoria Powell-Rowland described the partnership as “exciting”:

“They’re even talking about coming over here. Us going to them for pre-season training sessions and taking a few girls out and doing a small tournament out in Spain through various towns and doing things out there. It’s all very exciting!”

As well as the Spaniards, Vics have also teamed up with another footballing force – Reading FC Women.

The Berkshire side currently play in the top tier of women’s football, the Women’s Super League.

Victoria says the partnership gives the club lots of options:

“We’re currently the only women’s team that they’re affiliated with. So it opens up quite a lot of opportunities for us. We’ve obviously got access to their coaching staff, we’re able to visit them, go to matches as their guests.

“They will be coming to the Island on various dates that will be arranged and they’ll be holding training sessions.”

East Cowes Vics Ladies sit 10th in the Hampshire County Women’s Football League, one place above rivals Cowes Sports who have played a game less.