Article by Gareth Maher - Irish Daily Mail
Even though the team name, crest and home base all read Wexford, John Flood knows that in order for his club to survive, and eventually thrive, they simply must connect with neighbouring counties.
Thankfully, Wexford Youth Women have already established that link as players from Waterford, Laois and Offaly have been getting involved to extend Flood's player pool and help the club to grow that little bit more.
Recent results suggest that it is starting to pay off - especially the credible draws with Raheny United and Peamount United - but one must look a little deeper to see the real work being done with Flood's set-up providing a professional base that appeals to talented young players.
Simply building an ambitious project is never enough; it requires a huge amount of commitment from volunteers to get it off the ground and keep it moving upwards. And that is exactly what Flood credits with the success that Wexford have enjoyed thus far.
'In fairness, we have a very good structure in Wexford with League training centres and we are finding that players from other counties, like Laois and Waterford, are coming in,' said Flood.
'Without the support, this whole thing doesn't work. Without the parents driving their kids to training and the girls travelling from all over it doesn't work. It has been a big group effort.'
Flood is open-minded and is quick to embrace change if and when it is needed, which helps to explain why he sometimes moves training to locations other than the excellent Ferrycarrig Park.
A manager needs to know what his players want in order to keep them happy, which is why Flood tries to restrict the travelling time for some by switching training bases.
'We try to mix it up to suit the girls too,' he explained. 'So sometimes we will train at Ferrycarrig Park, while other times we will be in WIT (Waterford Institute of Technology). It is great to have such brilliant facilities available to us and we will use both to ensure the players get the best of both.'