(noun) any of various forms of team game involving kicking (and in some cases also handling) a ball.
I’ve searched many places to find the definition of football, even a very old dictionary from when I was 10-years-old (so that was a very long time ago!) I can’t find a single definition that refers specifically to any gender. However, if I type ‘football’ into a search engine I have to scroll for pages and pages to find any mention of women’s football and indeed, if I click onto images there are none that portray women’s football.
Not a single one.
I’m a mum of three; two girls and a boy. Lewis my eldest follows in Justin’s footsteps and prefers rugby over football. Holly, 17, is a fierce supporter of her boyfriend’s football team but has never shown much interest in team sports favouring the solidarity of the gym over a game. Rose, 4, enjoys a variety of sports and joins in with tennis, judo and football club at school.
We are really lucky that Rose’s school recognises the importance of team games and although she attends an all-girls school they are sure to cater for the girls that enjoy football as well as ballet. Nothing is out of bounds and the message that team sports are important for our children’s mental well-being as well as keeping them healthy is strong. There are still many girls that don’t have the opportunity to play football though, and that’s why the support given by SSE and the opportunities they provide for young girls and women is so crucial. Giving over 1000 girls the chance to kick a ball and enjoy the beautiful game for the first time.
Isn’t that amazing?
SSE is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, supplying energy to around 8.21 million customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland. They are the energy behind women’s football and are fully committed to creating opportunities and making a difference at all levels of the game.
SSE believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities, regardless of gender as well as the opportunity to discover new skills and confidence making lifelong friends. Imagine your daughter getting to the point in her football career where she has the opportunity to be inspired by her peers and the opportunity to walk out in front of a passionate crowd at Wembley Stadium.
I love the video below showing three separate stories playing out in parallel across one day – the day of a football match at Wembley. Each of these stories shows the shared experiences of girls involved in the game from grassroots to elite. Despite all these stories taking place at different levels of the game, they are all brought together by football, showing the power of the game and the opportunities it provides women, at every level, to get involved.
The recent launch of SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs will provide girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. SSE continue to show their commitment to increasing participation in the women’s game through this new initiative. The clubs will run from spring through summer on a weekly basis and aim to provide a fun and safe space for girls to learn the game and make friends.
I’m so pleased to be supporting SSE here on the blog, they are making an incredible difference to women’s football and pretty soon when I google football there will be just as many images of women alongside the men.
*This is a commissioned post