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Ladies have a new home

15 November 2016

In the summer the formal association between the Blades and Sheffield United Ladies was confirmed and recently the partnership has developed into the Ladies first team moving back to the SteelPhalt United Academy at Shirecliffe.

The team trained there during their years in the old Midland Combination league around 10 years ago and have played matches there occasionally but the new deal is hoped to be a more permanent one.

The players are already enjoying and benefiting from training on the superb surfaces available and have stepped up to training twice a week.

For competitive matches the team had a very good first game back at the Academy with a record 14-1 league victory against Ruddington Village.

United still are in four competitions so it's hoped the facilities will be used right to the end of the season. Only the Womens FA Cup games have restrictions on artificial surfaces so for those games United's 'old' home of Swallownest Miners Welfare will continue.

Veteran midfielder Rachel Ruddach summed up the move with: "It is a great feeling to now be based at the Academy and have use of the amazing facilities there. The surface really suits our passing style of play and we hope we can push on and mount a strong promotion challenge.

"I cannot thank all of the staff at Sheffield United enough for the way they have embraced us and welcomed us into the club. We feel a sense of belonging and pride every time we represent the Blades."

United`s next home fixture at the Academy is on 11th December in the league against Rise Park.

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