West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady and Hammer of the Year Michail Antonio have been unveiled as ambassadors for West Ham United Ladies.
Earlier this month, it was announced that the Hammers were making significant improvements to the Ladies set-up, with a number of full-time appointments and ambitious plans to reach WSL1 in the next five years.
Now they have received the backing of two of the club’s most recognised figures, with Baroness Brady and top goalscorer Antonio becoming official ambassadors for the Ladies’ side.
Karren Brady said: “My Board have been very keen to bring the Ladies Team in house so we can really help them establish themselves as a real force in the women’s game.
“From the top down, West Ham United is passionately committed to equality which is why I am extremely happy to become an ambassador for West Ham United Ladies at such an exciting period in the team’s development.
Michail Antonio said: “I couldn’t be happier to offer my support and time to help West Ham United Ladies hit their ambitious targets over the coming years.
“Women’s football is the UK’s fastest growing sport and a club the size of West Ham should have a thriving and well-supported Ladies side to compete alongside the men and inspire the next generation of girls to get involved in playing football.
“I have met most of the players and I know how much this added infrastructure will mean to them, not to mention the kind of platform it can give them to climb the leagues.
“I will be doing everything I can to help them achieve their goals, and with Karen Ray, Greg de Carnys and Jack Sullivan all working full time on the project, I have no doubt it will be an overwhelming success.”
West Ham United Ladies managing director Jack Sullivan said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the backing of two of the club’s most recognised and well respected figures as ambassadors of the Ladies side at this exciting time.
“Karren is a true pioneer for women in football in this country, and is without doubt one of the most inspirational figures for young women across the sport and beyond.
“Michail has been one of our star performers for the last two seasons, and has this summer pledged his long term future to the club. He is a huge advocate of the women’s game and is thriled to be able to lend his support and time to the Ladies.
“With the help and support of both Karren and Michail going forwards, the future looks even brighter for West Ham United Ladies.”