Manchester City Ladies eye more success after promotion to Premier League

By Tony LeightonWomen's football reporter
Manchester City Ladies
Manchester City Ladies have big ambitions after winning promotion to the Women's Premier League.

Manchester City Ladies are aiming to have an impact in the Women's Premier League next season.

They clinched promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's 23-year history with a game of the campaign to spare.

Manager Leigh Wood said: "We've won 13 and drawn the other one of our last 14 games, so we've definitely earned our promotion.

"We'll aim to establish ourselves in the Premier League next season."

The women's club, who play their home games in the shadow of the Etihad Stadium, are highly ambitious and have their sights set on reaching the semi-professional Super League in the next year or two.

To achieve that aim, however, Wood admits that they will need a greater degree of backing from the men's club than is the case at present.

He said: "At present we get help through the club's community department and we play our games at Sports City, which is an excellent facility.

"We still have to do lots of fundraising and the girls still have to pay a £30 signing-on fee, but Manchester City is a massive name and we attract good players because of it.

"The next step in our evolution will hopefully be to enter the application process for the Super League when it's opened up to new clubs.

"To do that we'll need serious backing from the men's club though, and we're hoping to begin discussions with them in the near future."

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