Notts County form ladies football team

People launching the Notts County Ladies team
Notts will be recruiting new players before the 2011/12 season

Notts County have announced the formation of a ladies football team.

Linby Ladies, who formed 14 years ago, will take on Notts' name and colours but will continue to play at Church Lane instead of Meadow Lane.

The club's chairman, Andrew Eastwood, said he hoped the decision would get more girls playing football.

He said: "Girls football in general has had a bit of a dip. We suffered a bit and lost a couple of teams. But I feel this link will inject more interest."

Another local team, Nottingham Forest ladies, have suffered financially over the years, despite doing well on the pitch, but Eastwood said that the formation was not a financial decision.

"I had a meeting with Ray Trew [Notts County chairman] and stipulated that I wasn't there for any money, I just wanted to be associated with the club," he said.

"Ray was great, the meeting didn't last very long. He was on board straight away."

Notts County Ladies have adopted a new badge, based on the Notts County crest.

The junior sides have been renamed Linby Magpies.

Hazel Clark is one of the players who will be wearing the black and white stripes of Notts County next season.

She said: "It leaves you speechless, I go down there [Meadow Lane] every week, cheering them on.

"It's every player's dream to play for the club they support."

Notts County Ladies FC are holding recruitment days on 1 and 8 June.