Two ladies football teams have merged to become one of the biggest female clubs in the area.

Darlington Simply Lasses and Newton Aycliffe Ladies have amalgamated to become South Durham Royal, a name that reflects the broad base of players involved.

The club boasts four teams with both an Under-11 and Under-15 team, a senior ladies side and a reserve team all now under the South Durham Royals umbrella.

Female football is one of the country's fastest growing sports, and the South Durham Royals would welcome any new players, as well as those who may have temporally hung up their boots.

Coach, Grant Wilson, is qualified to UEFA B standard and delivers sessions for all ages and abilities.

The club are hoping to have matching stripes for all four teams in time for the new season, thanks to local builder, Ray Thorpe & Son who have sponsored the club.

The Under-11s (pictured right) are the first team to be kitted-out so far.

Anyone wishing to join the club can contact Sue Waller (01325) 380485 or Eric Alexander (01325) 315802.

l Last season Simply Lasses enjoyed a great season in the Tyne Tees Youth League. The Under-15s won the League Challenge Cup, while the Under-10s won both the League's six-a-side tournament and the League's fair play award.

Simply Lasses Club Awards

Players of The Season - U15s: Tracey Swales and Sarah McDonald tied. U14s: Sarah Flatman. U10s: Zoe Cooke.

Players Player - U15s: Jenny Kirk. U14s: Emma Foster. U10s: Alex Saunders.

Most Improved Player - U15s: Sarah Watson. U14s: Katie Edwards. U10s: Kerry Denham.

Best Attitude - U15s: Sarah Flatman. U14s: Natalie Wrangham. U10s: Niamh Redmond.

l Contrary to a report in last week's Local Heroes, Simply Lasses and South Durham Royals are not a part of Spraire Lads Football Club.