The biggest female football club in the Cambridge area is changing its name.
Cambridge City Ladies & Girls will now be known simply as Cambridge City Women, to reflect the club’s modern and progressive outlook.
And as part of the move to closer integration with the men’s section to form one Cambridge City, the word “Women” will be used only when necessary.
The club has been a pioneer for female football in the region, giving hundreds of players the chance to enjoy the game.
The first team competes in the FA Women’s National League Division One South East Division, in the fourth tier of the pyramid.
Last season Cambridge City also fielded reserve and development teams for women, as well as six youth teams between the Under-12 and Under-18 age groups.
Paul Burling, chair of Cambridge City Women, said: “The club has always prided itself on leading the way in trying to give girls and women the same chance to play and to develop as footballers as boys and men.
“We believe that renaming the female section of the club is a clear message that we are committed to leaving behind the past when female football was banned or regarded as inferior or strange.
“Our teams will play under the name Cambridge City as we move towards truly becoming one club, with a commitment to excellence and opportunity for all.”