History of Women's Football

Posted at 10:54 am on 9th March, 2017

Forty Gifted and Talented PE students were personally invited to attend The National Football Museum for a special viewing of the new ‘History of Women’s Football’ collection.

The museum was recently awarded  over £100,000 allowing them to display more of their collection of artefacts.

Its consists of thousands of items from the women’s game from 1890 to the present day, including kit, medals, photographs, posters etc. and has never previously been on public display. Our students were offered this fabulous opportunity by the National Football Museum, along with a handful of local schools, due to their highly regarded sporting performances.

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During the day our students were involved in the ‘Women, Football and Society’ tour covering the origins of women’s football. This was recently featured on the BBC and included the Victorian society, Women’s suffrage, football in WW1 and rival and growth in recent times.

During the afternoon they participated in the ‘Women in Football’ talk delivered by an inspiring group of women promoting the representation of women in the football industry. Hosted by Eilidh Barbour BBC Sport Journlist with guests including Rachel Brown-Finnis  ex-England Women’s goalkeeper, Carol Thomas  ex-England Women’s captain 1976-85 and Kerry Davis, who’s England goal scoring record was only beaten by Kerry Smith MBE.

Rachel Brown-Finnis commented as part of the talk ‘I've only recently understood what females my age went through in football in the past, I owe huge thanks to the work of these women’.

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Carol Thomas commented ‘I'm very proud of what we did. It was such a struggle to keep the ladies game going forward’.

Manchester City Women’s Team also provided the WSL Trophy and WSL Continental Cup for the afternoon session allowing our students to view the trophies up close.

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Ella Sutton year 9, plays football for Urmston Meadowside said ‘I didn’t really appreciate what it was like for women playing football years ago and how it was banned. They forged the path for future generations.’

Sophia Agnew Year 8, plays football for Urmston Meadowside said ‘Good day, it was nice to be able to actually touch the artifacts and hear the ex-players experiences of playing years ago.’