Foundation Stregthens Links With NUFC Women’s Football Club
Newcastle United Women’s Football Club (NUWFC) will train and play its matches at the NUFC Academy this season after formalising its relationship with Newcastle United FC and the Newcastle United Foundation.
NUWFC, which was formed in 1989, will use the Little Benton complex – home to Newcastle United’s elite youngsters up to the age of under-21 – for FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division, Reserve and cup games, as well as extending its training at the site to twice a week.
As well as benefiting from pristine pitches and changing facilities, NUWFC players will receive kit in the same way as their male counterparts, with match and training wear arriving direct from sports lifestyle brand PUMA under the sponsorship of Newcastle United’s principal partner, Wonga.
As the season progresses, Newcastle United FC and Newcastle United Foundation will also be sharing media and marketing contacts and expertise, assisting NUWFC in promoting matches, increasing attendances and boosting female participation in the region.
To further strengthen links between NUWFC and the Newcastle United Foundation, the Foundation’s Lisa Bell, a former NUWFC captain, will take a role on NUWFC’s board. Working together the two organisations will build a pathway for young female players in the North East, culminating in an application for FA Talent Centre status within two years.
NUWFC’s Anthony Rutherford said, “We are hugely excited and very grateful to be working closely with Newcastle United and to tap into resources which will really help our club and players to progress.
“There is huge potential for NUWFC going into the new season and beyond and we are very much looking forward to working with our counterparts at Newcastle United to make sure that is realised.”
Kate Bradley, head of the Newcastle United Foundation, added, “We see hundreds of talented girls every month through our school and community coaching programmes. The aim is to inspire all girls to enjoy the game and to help as many as possible from our region reach their potential and go on and play for NUWFC and even England.”
To find out more about Newcastle United Women’s Football Club, please visit www.newcastleunitedwfc.com
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