Burnley FC Women have gained an important new backer, with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) becoming the club’s first official shirt sleeve sponsor.
The sponsorship agreement will see the University's logo printed on all Burnley FC Women junior and senior teams for the 2019/20 season.
The newly-promoted Burnley FC Women's first team kick off their campaign in the third tier of women's football - the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division - at home to Derby County LFC on Sunday.
Neil Hart, Chair of Burnley FC Women and Chief Executive Officer of Burnley FC in the Community said: “We are thrilled to announce UCLan as our first official shirt sleeve sponsor of Burnley FC Women.
"Our first team have enjoyed a remarkable journey over recent seasons, and we are delighted that UCLan have chosen to support the team and our ambitions for the women’s game.
“Like Burnley FC, UCLan has a long history in the Lancashire region and a thriving Burnley campus, making it the perfect fit for this partnership. We very much look forward to strengthening our existing relationship.”
UCLan’s Burnley Campus opened in 2009 offering undergraduate courses in sports, social care and business management. Last year the University acquired Victoria Mill, pledging to expand its presence and student numbers in the town to 4,000 by the year 2025.
From September 2019, UCLan will offer a growing portfolio of courses in Burnley, including nursing, medical sciences, social work, MBA, cyber security, engineering, digital technology solutions as well as teaching phase two of the University’s prestigious medical degree.
Dr Ebrahim Adia, Provost at UCLan Burnley, said: “We are delighted to take up this sponsorship opportunity and wish the team every success for the coming season.
“The profile and popularity of women’s football has never been higher and like Burnley FC Women UCLan is passionate about unlocking and nurturing new generations of talent and potential.
"Our goal is to raise educational aspirations of young people and under-represented groups from Burnley and beyond so they can reap the life-long benefits that higher education can bring.”
For more information on Burnley FC Women visit www.burnleyfcwomen.com.
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