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Leeds United have announced that, due to their partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University, they are to change their name to Leeds Carnegie Ladies FC.
The club, who last season finished third in the Premier League and were runners-up in the F.A.Women's Cup Final, have further enhanced their partnership with the University ensuring the club's continued future.
The long term commitment from Leeds Met will provide the club with additional resources both on and off the field, including a full time football administrator to be based at the University. Leeds Met, recently announced as the home of the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence, will also use their expertise to put together a business plan to move the club forward and build on the existing success they have enjoyed in the last few years. The club will still remain a separate club as before, but now with more additional support.
The club entered into a formal partnership with Leeds Met last year - the first of its kind between a university and a national Women's Premier League club - and has already benefitted from Leeds Met's world class coaching and sports science facilities, as well as expert advise in a variety of fields, including sports performance from the renowned Carnegie Faculty of Sport & Education.
A bespoke scholarship programme has been created to help develop both the University and Leeds United Ladies recruitment strategies; the first of the new scholars join the university this summer. England International Sue Smith is already a 'Carnegie Champion', working closely with Leeds Met to support the club's community work and its flourishing youth development programme.
Leeds Met student and Carnegie scholar, Carla Cantrell, recently signed for Leeds Carnegie Ladies. Carla, also a regular in the University's women's football team, joins the team from local rivals Doncaster Rovers Belles. Carla has scored goals consistently in the FA Women's Premier League for the past two seasons and has been regularly involved in England Under-23 squads as well as receiving a full England training camp call up.
Chairperson, Melanie Vauvelle-Don, adds: "We needed more support to develop the club and after speaking with Carnegie it soon became clear that this new partnership was the best way forward. We are delighted to be signing this new agreement with Leeds Met Carnegie where they have already proved themselves as fantastic ambassadors of sport with rugby, cricket and super league netball as well as proving just how serious and supportive they are of Women's & Girls sport with our initial partnership.
"We enjoyed working together with Carnegie in our first year of the initial agreement. Without their support, we certainly would not have had the success we did have last season but we are concious of the need to develop this partnership further."
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