Bundesliga club Rapid is serious about founding a women’s team. “We decided unanimously in the presidium that, subject to the approval of our club members, we as SK Rapid will take a place in the Austrian women’s football landscape in the future,” said club president Martin Bruckner at the ordinary general meeting on Monday evening. At the end of November, they want to present a precise proposal to the members, and then get started in 2024.
The further timetable should be developed within the framework of a new project group, which is expected to be led by an “external personality with expertise in women’s football”, the club announced in a broadcast. “We will deal with a possible cooperation with a club that is already involved in women’s football as well as with a club-internal solution. In terms of infrastructure, we will be excellently positioned in Hütteldorf and also in the Prater in the future,” explained Bruckner. “Clubs from Eastern Austria are interested in a cooperation, and we have already had initial talks.”
In Austria, as of the coming season, eight teams from the representatives of the first men’s performance level – some as cooperation partners of other clubs – are involved in women’s football: Sturm Graz, Austria Vienna, Altach, Austria Klagenfurt, LASK, Ried, Austria Lustenau and WSG Tirol.
Also on Monday, the now eight-strong Rapid Executive Committee was expanded. With Michael Hatz (51), the committee will in future have an ex-player who played 269 competitive games for green and white and also became champion in 1996 in rapid dress.