Former Yeovil Town Bidder Julian Jenkins Purchases Cardiff City Ladies FC And Promises New Stadium
Julian Jenkins, backed by his consortium of businessmen, has purchased Cardiff City Ladies FC with the vision of taking them into the Champions League.
Jenkins and Co. attempted three times to purchase Non-League club Yeovil Town FC, although negotiations fell through on each occasion due to the actions of then-owner Scott Priestnall.
Now it appears that Cardiff City Ladies will fully benefit from the multi-million-pound investment into football, including building a brand new stadium for 10,000 fans.
Jenkins and his consortium, in their plans for Yeovil Town FC, was also a new stadium in the Somerset town as well as a massive investment into the football club with the vision to take the club back to the football league within 12-24 months, whilst pulling from the 500,000 regional possible audience.
Although Scott Priestnall denied the multi-million investment into the football club and the local area, to which Cardiff City Ladies FC will fully benefit, with Yeovil Town FC missing out. However, the club has since been purchased by local businessman Martin Hellier.
Supporters of the Glovers have wished Julian and his consortium well on social media today, with one telling Global247news:
‘ It’s going to be the one that got away. Hellier is doing a good job to which we are thankful, but Preistnall stuffed us not letting the Jenkins deal go through; multi-millionaires with global business operations backed it; I think it’s a case of what could have been for the area and club.’
Jenkins told the BBC this morning:
“Our ambitions are clear and exhilarating: to integrate the only Welsh [women’s] club into the English system and achieve new milestones along the way.
“What truly excites me is the potential to inspire and empower young women across Wales, giving them a platform to shine in the highest echelons of the sport.”
Consortium member Daniel Singh said:
“Our goal in acquiring Cardiff City Ladies is to broaden that horizon for girls everywhere,” said Singh. Singh is the chief financial officer of Canva, an online and social media graphics company reportedly valued at more than $20bn.
He went on:
“Living in Australia, I’ve been blessed to witness first-hand the transformative power of women’s football,” said Singh.
“The recent Women’s World Cup was not just a tournament; it was a catalyst for dreams and aspirations for young girls globally.
“As a father of two daughters, the joy of watching them visualise themselves on that world stage is indescribable.
“I’ve always been captivated by the fervour and passion for football that resonates deeply within the Welsh community.
“This local spirit is an invaluable asset we are eager to honour and elevate as we look forward.” Finished the Billionaire.
With West Country roots before moving to Australia, Singh now looks with his partners to progress Cardiff City Ladies FC to European Football in a newly built stadium.
A contact told Global247news, ‘ Daniel and his partner’s vision was always Yeovil Town FC, with many of the consortium having West Country roots, it was going to be a multi-million-pound project transforming the club, sadly it wasn’t to be, and now the entire focus is on Cardiff City Ladies FC and the challenge ahead. Of course, everyone wishes the best for Yeovil Town and its tremendous supporters.’
A Cardiff boy raised in Ely, Jenkins cut his teeth in business whilst in the furniture industry and football, winning many awards from the football league along the way.
Now, his hometown City appears to be reaping the rewards from his experience.