Changing from ‘Derry City Ladies Football Club’ to simply ‘Derry City Football Club’, only using Derry City Football Club Women to differentiate from the Men’s team.
Caoimhe McLaughlin, Women’s Assistant Manager and Women’s Centre Half said:
“It is a significant moment within the Club, which, along with the creation of our ever expanding Academy structures and with the support of our dedicated Academy coaches, Rory Kehoe and Mark Terry, is designed to ensure football is widely obtainable for all young girls and eventually, can be a career choice for female players either at home or further afield just as it is for men.”
In what the club describes as “an important step in modernising and developing the women’s game”, the women’s team has been formally renamed Derry City Football Club Women.
Kevin McLaughlin, Derry City FC Women’s Manager said:
“The name change is something that I fully support. It’s a progressive move by the Club and it’s a more appropriate use of language. In that it is a much stronger term that demands the respect which is deserved by the players.”
The Greencastle native continued to say “The desire and commitment of the Club to continue to develop the Women’s game both on and off the pitch is unwavering and this decision shows that.”
“I also think that the name change serves a purpose towards woman’s football worldwide, adding to the growing trend of women’s teams taking this more empowered stance casting off any remaining stigma that the women’s game unfairly has associated with it.”
Derry City Football Club hope that this move will be welcomed by of all of the supporters at the Club and within the wider community.
There’s still time to sponsor a player in the women’s team for the upcoming season for just £120!