New hope for Leeds United Ladies

Leeds United Ladies pictured in April.
Leeds United Ladies pictured in April.
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Campaigners say they will not “let the city of Leeds down” as they aim to safeguard the future of its female football team.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed last week that the Leeds United Foundation, which has supported the Leeds United Ladies financially for the last four years, said it could no longer back the team.

Reports last week also said that the club had been told it could no longer use the Leeds United brand.

Now hundreds of pounds has flooded in from fans desperate to save the ladies team.

And members of the club have been told training sessions will resume next week.

Gary Cooper, who will stand down as chairman of Leeds United Supporters’ Trust this autumn, said: “In legend the phoenix rises and in this case Leeds Ladies is that phoenix.

“With the help of players, fans, parents, sponsors and the business community we have all got an interest in making sure Leeds has a team of ladies.”

Mr Cooper hopes to meet with Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino later this week to discuss proposals for the future of the ladies football team.

He added:“We are not asking for a penny from them or a badge or a name.

“We just want to get on with the existing affiliation with the West Riding FA.

“One way or another it will happen and we will not let the city of Leeds down.”

The YEP revealed that the Leeds United Ladies team was on the brink of collapse in 2007 because of funding issues.

Leeds United removed their funding of the team in 2005 but they continued under sponsorship arrangements until 2010 when the Foundation stepped in.

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