Wilfried Zaha has made a “substantial financial contribution” to support the development of Crystal Palace Ladies’ amateur players.
The FA Women’s Championship outfit took to Twitter to thank Zaha, who recently signed a new contract with his boyhood club, for his “stunning gesture”.
In a sport that is too often shown through negative comment & sentiment, we've today been inspired by a stunning gesture from @wilfriedzaha
Demonstrating real desire to help develop football ambition within his club.Sincerest thanks to a gent who knows what it means to be @cpfc
— Crystal Palace L.F.C (@PalaceLadiesFC) September 5, 2018
A statement from the Crystal Palace Ladies team on cpfc.co.uk said, “We are delighted to announce that Wilf Zaha has contacted the club to make a substantial financial contribution to support the development of our amateur players.
The statement followed, “Everyone knows what Crystal Palace means to Wilf and he wants to give the same opportunities to the next generation of aspiring players at Palace Ladies that he enjoyed when coming up through junior teams.”
Zaha responded to the club by saying, “No problem, happy to help.”
— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) September 5, 2018
Zaha’s donation follows reports on Tuesday which said Crystal Palace Ladies could no longer represent the club if they did not raise £250 in sponsorship fees for membership – a report which Palace have since labeled inaccurate.