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Palace Ladies Discuss Life Becoming Adoptive Parents

29 November 2018

In a recent feature for Sky Sports News, Crystal Palace Ladies players Nikita Whinnett and Megen Lynch spoke openly about their life together and a shared future becoming adoptive parents.

The pair - respectively opposites on the pitch as a forward and goalkeeper - are engaged to one another and are planning to add to their busy football and work schedules by fostering in the near future.

Having been together for three-and-a-half years, Whinnett and Lynch have now recently been approved as parents to begin the adoption process.

Whinnett said, "We're at a good stage of our careers and it makes sense to foster now and obviously plan to have our own as well in the future. 

"[We're going] to be able to give a child an opportunity to have a really good upbringing and to have somebody to look up to, to make them want to be better. If we can do that for one child, I feel like our job's done.

"I can't wait to have mini-me running about! You can inspire someone to be better, that's what it's all about. Not even to play, just to support the women's game."

Adding, Lynch explained how tough the process can be at times, "The very first interview we had was a good three or four hours, it was intense. They wanted to know what we do for a living, how we're going to adapt our life and we have to try and plan around this. It's going to be fantastic."

Despite the intensity of the process, however, both players feel supported not just by teammates, but by the wider club as well.

"Everyone's so supportive around here, literally everyone," Lynch continued. "The girls are like another family, to be honest, you're with them four or five times a week."

Whinnett elaborated further, saying on the club she described as the best she's ever been at, "Palace is a family club and that's why I love it so much."

This week, Crystal Palace are partaking in Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign. You can watch the full feature by Sky Sports here.

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