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Introducing Sheffield United Women

22 June 2018

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United's female team will now be known as Sheffield United Women, reflecting the club's position as an emerging presence within the women's game.

The switch from 'Ladies' to 'Women' is representative of a modern view on language and equality and is in keeping with the way our governing bodies, supporters, squad and management regard the development of the women's game.

Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Birks, said: "The owners, board and everyone associated with the club were in favour of the change, as the excitement continues to build about seeing the women's team mirror the men's team in playing in the second-tier next season.

"It's a decision we feel is right to reflect the modern times of the women's game and we are focused on having an identity and brand consistency when promoting ourselves within the women's game.

"It was also important we made this change early in the summer, to enable us to focus on recruitment and preparations for the new season."

Manager Carla Ward continued: "This is fantastic news and an important and progressive step as we embark on the next chapter of our journey within the women's game.

"It very much represents the modern view too, which is crucial as we look to move forward, together with our governing body.

"The club's commitment to the women's game has been unwavering and this decision is one I'm delighted about."

General Manager Lee Walshaw added: "It's another sign that we're not standing still in our development, on and off the field.

"We're actively looking to progress at every available opportunity and it's important we continue to do so, whilst acknowledging how far we've come in such a short space of time."

Last month, United's extensive bid to play in the second tier, after a restructuring of women's elite football was confirmed as successful after a comprehensive application was submitted to the FA in March, with United meeting the criteria required for FA Women's Championship status, as a delegation from the club presented the case at Wembley in April.

United have openly displayed a commitment to women's football, particularly in the last two seasons, and will continue to do so, with the backing of co-owners Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah.

In the 2017/18 season, the Ladies played in the FA Women's Premier League Midlands Division whilst there's a development team and a Regional Talent Club attached to the club. It is hoped the RTC will hopefully soon start feeding players into the women's senior team.

United are one of only 34 clubs in England to have the license from the FA to allow the club to run centres for elite girls across four age groups (U10s, U12s, U14s and U16s). United's development programme has already produced a number of internationals, including Millie Bright, Ellie Roebuck, Sam Tierney, Jess Sigsworth, Beth England and Hannah Cain.

Preparations for the 2018/19 FA Women's Championship are already underway for home fixtures to be staged at the Olympic Legacy Park and Bramall Lane.

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