New Ladies Team for South Shields FC

South Shields Football Club has added yet another team to its impressive portfolio for the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

Not content with establishing a 12-team junior section, the club, who will be representing the town in the Ebac Northern League this season, are to introduce for the first time in the clubs history a Senior Ladies team.

The ladies will kick off their historic season in the Durham County Women’s Football League on September 1.

Manager Stephen Lester said: “Considering the size of the town and its footballing history, it came as a surprise to realise that no senior ladies football team has represented South Shields in any competition until now.

“Establishing the ladies in the league is an exciting prospect, and although we will begin the season with a strong squad, we are always on the lookout for new players.”

Players must be 16 years of age or older, and Steve explains: “We are going into our first season with a relatively young side, and would ask any experienced players looking to play in a very well-organised league to get in touch.”

Having been involved with the ladies game for a number of years, Steve has previously noticed players dropping out of the game at an early age, as there is simply not enough local senior teams for young female footballers to progress into.

He said: “Ladies football has really developed over the last few years, and the standard of the women’s game is improving year on year.

“We are a club looking to develop young talent while providing players with the opportunity to continue to play competitively into their twenties and thirties.

“The team are also actively seeking a sponsor to assist with the costs incurred in establishing a senior football club.”

Steve explained: “This is a fantastic opportunity for any local business to become involved with, as ladies football is gaining more media attention than ever before as TV and press coverage increases.”

For any business looking to heighten its profile in the local community, the rewards of an association with grassroots sport can be far reaching.

For instance, the team has already established its own Facebook page, and has recently launched its own dedicated website.

Any potential sponsor would immediately gain free advertising on both of these worldwide sites.

To find out more about South Shields FC Ladies as a player or potential sponsor, please call Steve on 0777 207 5395 or email at

The team’s website can be found at