Hashtag United join forces with AFC Basildon Women to launch ladies’ side

Hashtag United have joined forces with AFC Basildon Women to launch a ladies' side.

The two clubs have merged and Hashtag will field a women's team for the first time in the 2020-21 season.

Hashtag, who boast over 1 million followers across their social media channels, will see the team compete in the FA Women's National League Division 1 South East – the fourth tier of the women's game.

They will also field Under-23 and U18 sides.

Stars of the women's game including Sue Smith, Karen Carney and Siobhan Chamberlain passed on their good luck messages, as well as Chelsea men's skipper Cesar Azpilicueta.

Hashtag founder Spencer Owen said: "Our goal at Hashtag United has always been to grow the club at a controlled and steady rate with an aim of being inclusive and representational for all.

"Following the 2019 Women’s World Cup I made a personal pledge to support the growth of women's football and had been looking for the right opportunity to do so since.

"I knew the best case scenario would be bringing a women's team under our wing at Hashtag so I could ensure continuous support long-term.

"After reaching out locally to see what teams were in need of support, AFC Basildon stood out from the rest right away as a club that are not only geographically very close to our base but are also the most successful women's team in the county.

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