4th February 2003




Lincoln City Ladies football team have increased both funds and crowds with the help of students from the University of Lincoln.


Since the students started work last year the team has increased spectator numbers from 20 to 750 – the biggest in the country - and raised funds of nearly £16,000.


Clare Hoppett (21), Alison Moore (42), Danusia Moore (31), Zoe Radford (21) and Sharon Richardson (21) – all Communications degree students at the university – have been helping to promote the team since April 2002.


The work is being carried out as the ‘real client project’ section of their course which requires the use of a company which currently has no official financial backing.


So impressed were the Nationwide Building Society, which runs a sponsorship programme to encourage women’s football, that Lincoln City Ladies have been awarded £10,417 from the fund. 


“The aim of working with the students was to raise the profile of the football team but they have taken it much further,” said David Hill, marketing manager for Lincoln City Ladies.  “They have provided some excellent ideas and there are many more to come.


“For example, we are hoping to arrange promotional activities in co-operation with primary and secondary schools and on 30th March we are holding a parallel event at the Sincil Bank  football ground for keen skateboarders.


“We are installing a temporary skateboard ramp at the ground as part of an ongoing project to raise money to establish a proper skateboard park in the city.  It is something both the city council and county council are keen to establish.”


Lincoln City Ladies, who train at the university’s sports centre, are celebrating a successful season and have reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s FA Cup. Their next game is an away match against Bristol Rovers on Sunday 9th February.




For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

or David Hill, Marketing Manager, Lincoln City Ladies – 07810 290608

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