An official club statement released yesterday declared that the Newcastle United Foundation will be relaunching the Newcastle United Women’s football team : Newcastle United Women. This of course comes at a time where women’s football has kind of surged into the spotlight in England with the rebranding of Arsenal Ladies to Arsenal Women, and the success of the England National Women’s team at the Women’s Euro competition. This of course is a wonderful move for the club, and the aim is simply “to encourage more women and girls of all abilities to play football.”
The club has stated that this season, around 700 girls will play football with the Foundation as part of Premier League Girls, with 170 enrolled on an Advanced Coaching Program. This exclusive program will be taught by a former Newcastle United Women’s team captain Lisa Bell. The team was initially founded in 1989 for the purpose of growing the sport among females. The team was able to reboot this season, and continue underneath the wing of the Newcastle United Foundation. This is the best option for the longevity of the program, as separating it from official club expenses means that you cannot cut funding this club in order to make a transfer for Newcastle United Football Club.
Kate Bradley, head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We hope this news is a welcome boost for girls football in Newcastle.”
"Our ambition is to encourage more women and girls of all abilities to play football.”
"This partnership with Newcastle United Women will strengthen the pathway for our talented players so that they can take to the field in future to represent our club and even their country.”
Lee Charnely even piped in with his statements being "Aligning Newcastle United Women with the Foundation is an important step in securing the team's future.
"The Foundation continues to bring football and the community even closer together and this provides women and girls with a clear route into enjoying our national game."
There is no word yet on whether or not the team will have games that are open to the public, or will be available to watch via NUFC.tv. We here at CHN will of course update you as soon as we find out more information.