Manchester City Women's Football Club
The women’s team ended their first season in the Women’s Super League (WSL) with a Continental Cup win, bringing the trophy home in October 2014 after a gripping final against Arsenal.
City made the entire squad full time at the same time as the move from Platt Lane to City Football Academy; meaning that the Club are now offering one of the most impressive women’s training environments in world football.
Three development players were given their first professional contracts; of these, two have been with MCWFC since they were nine years old.
The team is unique in having its own stadium and it is one which continued to attract fans in large numbers. In 2014 Manchester City Women’s Football team claimed the highest attendance figures of any WSL team during the 2014 season.
City now offer one of the most impressive women’s training environments in world football
The current MCWFC squad includes five of England’s World Cup squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in Canada, where City player Lucy Bronze was shortlisted for player of the tournament. City captain Steph Houghton also captained the bronze winning team and in October 2014 as she became the first woman to be featured cover of Shoot magazine.
Toni Duggan was the first female player to win Manchester City’s fan-voted goal of the season with a wonder goal against Chelsea in October 2014.
MCWFC can count another first for a WSL team in having men and women training on the same site and using the same facilities. They are also one of the only teams to have launched a new Nike kit using both men’s and women’s players in the marketing campaign.
Three new commercial partners came on board with MCWFC during this reporting period; Nissan as a City Football Group partner, Vitality as an MCFC and MCWFC partner and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) who partnered exclusively with the women’s team.
In January 2015, the team visited Abu Dhabi for their pre-season training camp sponsored by Aabar alongside the Melbourne City and MCFC men’s teams.
CityTV created the first ever MCWFC documentary, a 45 minute behind the scenes film following the team’s first ever season as Manchester City Women’s Football Club.