The North West Blues, one of Birmingham City’s many supporters clubs, have made a charitable donation towards the cost of sponsoring Birmingham City Ladies striker Katie Wilkinson.

Asked whether they supported the idea of sponsoring a Birmingham City Ladies squad member for the current FA WSL campaign, 84% of Trust members voted in favour of backing the initiative.

And with 33% of the overall vote, the membership chose Katie Wilkinson as the Trust’s sponsored player. Further to the sponsorship arrangements, the Blues Trust Board personally funded the sponsorship of a second Birmingham City Ladies player on behalf of the Trust. Midfielder Emily Simpkins finished runner up in the membership poll having securing 25% of the vote.

A contribution of £125 has been made by the North West Blues, who last season sponsored former Leeds United Ladies midfielder Jade Moore. Secretary of North West Blues, John Griffin, said: “North West Blues is delighted to continue its sponsorship of Birmingham City Ladies FC and welcomes this opportunity to be associated with Blues Trust. We appreciate the great work they do for the benefit of Blues and its supporters. North West Blues believe that the success of the Ladies team, coupled with international recognition of individual players, can only enhance the status of Birmingham City”.

Blues Trust Chairman Steve McCarthy, who recently attended one of North West Blues’ meetings in Bury, added: “We are pleased that the North West Blues have shown their commitment not only to Birmingham City Ladies, but also to one of the many initiatives we as a Trust are currently involved in. This support further cements the relationship between our two groups and moves us forward together to face what is an important time for Birmingham City fans”.

For more information on the Trust’s sponsorship of Katie Wilkinson and Emily Simpkins, click here.

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