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Newcastle’s Women’s side will become the first professional club next season to feature in the third-tier of the national women’s pyramid.

Becky Langley’s side won promotion to the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division after winning the Division One North title.

And now the decision has been made to turn the club from a semi-professional outfit to a professional team with the aim of reaching the Women’s Super League.

The move will see Newcastle’s Women’s team train throughout the week, while having access to better facilities.

Commenting on the decision, Langley told Newcastle’s website: “We hope to be a leading light in the movement towards professionalism in the women’s game and inspire women and girls who dream of pursuing a career in football.

“We have worked incredibly hard to get here and I’m so excited to work with the players as we help them to be the best athletes they can be.”

Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth added: “The success of Newcastle United Women is an integral part of our sporting objectives and we are delighted to support the team’s progress by building a professional model around them.

“Becky and the players have shown incredible dedication, and turning full-time will enable them to fully concentrate on their careers and the next chapter of Newcastle United Women as fully supported professionals.”

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