Reading Women's General Mananger, Brooke Chaplen, has sent out a defiant message to supporters promising to "conquer the challenges that lie ahead."

In a tough year for everyone at the club, the women's side were relegated from the Women's Super League for the first time since 2015 and were demoted to only a part-time model.

Despite the difficulties, former player and now chief Chaplen has promised that the club will come back.

Speaking to supporters in an open letter, the 34-year-old said: "Reading FC Women remains resolute in its pursuit of excellence and we approach next season determined to reclaim our position amongst the elite. We embark on a new journey in 2023-24. Once again, thank you for your loyalty, passion and belief in our team. Together, we will strive to conquer the challenges that lie ahead."

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Playing all home games at the SCL Stadium, the only top-flight side to share the home ground with the men's side last season, attendance records were broken four times as the game continues to boom after the Lionesses Euro 2022 success.

Season ticket holders are to be offered special offers and invitations to exclusive events and unique opportunities to engage with the club in 2023-24.