Motherwell Football Club are removing the word ‘Ladies’ from the name of the women’s team.
Going forward, Donald Jennow’s side will simply play under the banner of Motherwell Football Club, with reference being made to the team as women only when needed for clarity.
Since officially coming under the wing of the club in 2018, Motherwell have performed outstandingly, winning the SWPL2 title and promotion in record time, and reaching the SSE Scottish Cup final in the same season.
In general terms, the club does not think it is necessary to specifically highlight the different genders of teams when discussing any side which is part of Motherwell Football Club.
“Whether it is the first team, reserves or women, all of our players play as Motherwell FC,” chief executive Alan Burrows said.
“We want to completely remove the idea that our female players exist as some form of ‘arms length’ side. The team, as you would expect, train in club facilities and obviously play in the same kits.
“We are all united together, and this name change is another indication of our intent to grow and promote our women’s team as they start life in the top flight.”
Forward Sam McManus added: “Since day one we’ve felt part of the club, so the name change feels a natural progression for everyone.
“We’re proud to wear the Motherwell badge and represent the club, and hope that supporters will get behind us as we start playing in the top flight of the women’s game in Scotland.
The team start the new campaign in the top flight on Sunday, when Stirling University are the visitors to Fir Park*. Kick off is at 2pm.
The women’s team’s social media content will also come from the official Motherwell Football Club accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter going forward.
*The nominated home venue throughout the 2019 season will be the indoor pitch at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. However, due to upgrade and replacement works currently taking place on the synthetic surface, Fir Park is being utilised for Sunday’s SWPL1 fixture.