Newcastle investor Amanda Staveley has confirmed the club’s commitment to growing and developing its women’s team following this week’s takeover.
Staveley has been the public face of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund’s long-awaited purchase of the Magpies and her firm, PCP Capital Partners, has taken a 10% stake in the club.
Newcastle United W.F.C was formed in 1989 but it is only in recent seasons that it has been more properly affiliated with the men’s club after becoming part of the Newcastle United Foundation.
As of this season, the women’s team is a semi-professional outfit and plays in the Women’s National League Division One North, the fourth tier of the English league ladder.
Newcastle is a noticeably absent name from the top-flight WSL but Staveley has vowed to ensure that women’s football is given the proper attention as part of a wider community approach.
“This club has always been at the heart of the community and we want to work hand in hand with everybody connected to the club, with everyone on Tyneside,” she explained at a press conference this week.
"The Newcastle United foundation is a big part of the community and we are huge admirers of the foundation and everything it has done. Not just in promoting football, but for all the community. We want to help the foundation expand that excellent work.
"We are wholeheartedly committed to women's and girls football. The foundation currently supports Newcastle women's team and we are committed to helping the women's team develop and grow.”
Staveley added that Newcastle is intended to be ‘welcoming and inclusive to all’ and is also committed to tacking racism and discrimination in football. She did, however, warn that changes and progress won’t be overnight but insisted the club’s new investors are ‘patient’.
England’s north east is a noted hot bed of women’s football talent. England internationals like Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Beth Mead, Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Demi Stokes, Lucy Staniforth and Carly Telford all hail from the region.
The north east has not been represented in the WSL since Sunderland dropped out in 2018.