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Hibernian enjoy 'proud day' after completing takeover of women's team

The Easter Road club plans to invest in the team in the years to come.

Hibernian enjoy ‘proud day’ after completing takeover of women’s team SNS Group
Hibernian: Club bring women's team under the same roof as their existing professional and youth sides.

Hibernian Women has moved under the ownership of the Easter Road club, uniting the team with the mens’ squad in the same football operation.

Hibs executive chairman Ron Gordon has completed the acquisition of Hibernian Women and has committed to providing support and financial backing as the team moves towards professional status.

The move will also see the team return to playing football in Edinburgh after a season at Livingston.

Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell commented: “This is a really proud day for everyone involved with Hibernian FC. Embedding the Women’s Team within the club has always been a key ambition of ours, so we’re delighted we’ve been able to reach that goal ahead of the 2022/23 season.

“We made huge strides last season by breaking the Scottish attendance for women’s football with over 5,500 spectators watching the Edinburgh derby and it’s been clear to see the growth the game has made over the last few years.

“We have a clear vision for Hibernian Women, and we want to build on their success to inspire a generation of young female players.

“We are also proud to see Hibernian Women return to Edinburgh, this city should always be their home. We will fully support and invest in the Women’s football strategy, like we have done this season, with the ambition of eventually achieving European football and becoming a professional outfit.

“Hibernian FC is proud of being an inclusive club for all and I believe this shows real intent to put women’s football at the very heart of the club.

“We would also like to thank Hibernian Community Foundation for all the work they’ve done over the years with the women’s team.”

Manager Dean Gibson and several players have signed full-time contracts this summer as the team transitions to professional status and the club also say they are investing in additional staff to support the growth of the team.

It was announced in May that Hibernian FC were one of 20 clubs to be inducted into the inaugural Scottish Women’s Premier League.

Gibson’s side will play in SWPL 1, with the first match kicking off against Celtic on August 7, and the first home game against Hamilton in Edinburgh the week after.