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'Clear aspiration for the women's team' as it moves under Posh umbrella

The successful Posh Ladies football team is being brought under the umbrella of Peterborough United after several years being supported by the Posh foundation.
The newly-named Peterborough United Women have been taken under the umbrella of the first team

From today (June 1) the newly-named Peterborough United Women falls under the football club itself. The squad are hoping to find out in the next few days if they have secured promotion after two campaigns curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2020/21 campaign in the East Midlands Women's Premier Division was brought to a halt earlier this year with Posh Ladies topping the table with 13 points from six games.

Posh co-owner Jason Neale spoke to the club's official website about the reasoning behind bringing the women's team under the club's 'umbrella', saying: "When we arrived as co-owners, we found that the football club obviously had the first team and an academy, but a women's side that were kind of connected but not under the umbrella of the club.

"Myself and [co-owners] Stewart [Thompson] and Darragh [MacAnthony] are of the opinion that it should be a 'one club' strategy from the under-eights all the way through to the first team, so it was important to us to bring them into the fold."

Academy manager Kieran Scarff, who will oversee the move, said: "The women's side have been tremendously supported by the Posh Foundation, but it is now a question of moving them across to the main umbrella of the football club so there will then become three main strands, the first team, the academy and the women's team.

"There is a clear aspiration for the women's team to continue enjoying the success they have had over the past few seasons and to grow much further along the way.

"This move will give more access to the resources that the club can provide and will only support their growth. The promotion that they so richly deserve, would, by comparison, put them in League Two within the women's game and they will definitely grow, and we look forward to their progress."

Chloe Brown has been installed as the new manager of the women's team following the conclusion of a knockout cup campaign, with Jenna Lusk confirmed as her assistant.

Brown, who worked with Posh Ladies  last season, said: "I joined at the start of the season just finished and it has been great fun.

"I was looking for a job within the women's game that not only provides me with the opportunity to work with good players, but also I wanted to be working within a good environment and this ticks those boxes. It has been brilliant to come in and work with them and I am excited about my role moving forward.

"We have a drive to be the best team that we can be. This summer will be important in terms of recruitment and we are working hard to put together a squad to develop with us as a club.

"I think the badge is an obvious attraction, but the culture that we have is fantastic, the girls have only just finished the season and they are wanting to come in and train and improve."

Lusk, who created the women's team seven years ago and has helped grow the Women and Girls department within the Foundation, is proud of what has been achieved so far and said she was excited about the future of the women's team.

She said: "There has been a lot of progression over the last seven years. It has been tough, but rewarding and exciting.

"We have come a long way. We have built a lot of teams from under-nines through the women's team and we now have a first team and a reserve team and have built the foundations to take it to the next stage and that next stage is really important for us.

"The Foundation have been absolutely brilliant, they have really helped us from the start, but we are now in a position to push on with the football club's help and make sure that we are moving towards elite football and the top end of the women's game. It is a really exciting time for the women's team."

A new women's team Twitter page to report the latest news from the squad has been set up, with the Posh Foundation continuing to operate at @Posh_WG.