Whitehawk are changing their name as they enter the next phase of an ambitious plan to get to the Football League.

From next season they will be known as Brighton City Football Club, subject to approval from the relevant authorities.

The East Brighton club are determined to represent the wider community, although they will retain the nickname of The Hawks.

It is a move similar to the one made by Eastbourne Borough when they changed their name from Langney Sports.

It is the second name change in the club’s history as they were known as Whitehawk and Manor Farm Old Boys from their formation in 1945 until 1960 when they became known simply as Whitehawk.

Consultation has taken place with Brighton and Hove Albion regarding the change and the club believe the timing is right following a third promotion in four seasons.

Just three years after winning the County League title, they were crowned Ryman premier champions this week and will play in Conference south – the sixth tier of English football – next season.

Hawks will be presented with the championship trophy after tomorrow's final game of the season at home to East Thurrock.

Read the reasons behind the name change in The Argus today.