Sunderland Women taken on board by SAFC

Sunderland Ladies captain Steph Bannon and manager Mick Mulhern
Sunderland Ladies captain Steph Bannon and manager Mick Mulhern
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SUNDERLAND Women’s Football Club have been formally integrated as part of Sunderland AFC.

The team, which has won the FA Women’s Premier League for the last three seasons, will again be known as Sunderland Ladies as they prepare for a new era in the new second division of the Women’s Super League.

The new professional league structure means that a full-time role of General Manager will be created, based within SAFC.

SAFC has also undertaken work to further improve the facilities at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground in Hetton, in line with WSL regulations and the ground will continue to host the women’s games when the new season kicks off in March next year.

The club will also continue to provide kit and training wear, along with transport to games for the women’s side.

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive, Margaret Byrne, said: “The women’s team has always been an important part of our football family and the creation of the new Super League offered us a great opportunity to bring them fully under our wing.

“By sharing our know-how and resources we have been able secure league status, which was vital to the future of the women’s team. We are now looking forward to seeing the team go from strength to strength with promotion to WSL 1 being our primary aim.”