Derby Futsal Club Ladies’ team are renamed Derby Futsal Club Women.
The change in name reflects Derby Futsal’s work in developing all aspects of futsal on and off the court.
It reflects the way the league (FA National Futsal Women’s Super Series), the players, the fans and the management refer to the game.
Hannah Roberts, Derby Futsal Club Women captain, believes “the change from Ladies to Women’s is a subtle but important one. Many professional sports teams have moved towards ‘Women’s’ in the last five years in order to stay modern and in touch, and as a forward-thinking club it’s important for Derby Futsal to do the same. We’re making so many strides in our community work and marketing, and this name change is another step forward to the future for the club”.
Derby Futsal Club Women first team coach, Matt Hardy feels this name change signifies evolution for the team; “the future of the women’s game both at Derby and nationally is looking bright. So it’s only right that we have a name that is modern, and inline with the national game”.
This news follows similar moves in professional football. Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal have all renamed their women’s team recently. It is something Professor Kath Woodward from the Open University, an expert on sociology and sport agrees with, “the use of ladies suggests a physical frailty and need for protection”.
Alex Scott, former Arsenal Women captain, adds: “the term ‘Women’s’ delineates between men and women without as many stereotypes or preconceived notions and it is in keeping with modern-day thinking on equality”.