Staffordshire FA hosted an exhibition of Women’s football at the recent Women’s Challenge Cup Final between Stoke City and Sporting Khalsa.
There was a showcase from different groups on the evening, to celebrate Women’s football and raise the profile of the Women’s game whilst making football more accessible to women of every age.
One of the groups that was present at the final was Berkswich’s Weetabix Wildcats centre. Wildcats is a programme designed to provide girls aged 5-11 with the chance to play football in a fun and safe environment. The Wildcats took to the pitch at halftime and were able to show their skills on the pitch and just enjoy themselves in the world of Football.
We was also joined by Stoke City Community Trusts’ SQUAD Girls which is a programme that is aimed at ages 12-14 providing fun and non-competitive ways of playing football with friends, old and new. This group is for any experience, you could have played football since the age of 5 with the likes of Weetabix Wildcats or could have decided you’d like to try football – or even if you have dreams of being the next Jill Scott and being a part of the World Cup winning team in the future. The players showed off their skills and teamwork on the pitch at halftime showing what they had learnt with the help of SQUAD Girls.
Then for those between 18 – 60 there was Mum’s play. Stafford Soccer Mums are a community group that were created to give women an opportunity to either re-enter the world of football or take their first steps into the beautiful game. The women showed their passion and skills for football during halftime at the Women’s Challenge Cup Final.
Liberty Ladies also took to the pitch at halftime for their showcase. MSA Liberty Ladies are the only pan disability ladies team in the county having run as a female only club for 3 years now. Their showcase was a celebration of the passion behind football and the dedication of making football an inclusive environment for all women to play and enjoy.
All of these groups were extremely inspiring to see as it gave so much for women to look towards with football and showing how it’s not just a man’s game but a game for everyone no matter of age, gender, ability or race. Football is a game to be enjoyed and that I was this great showcase showed us at the halftime performances at the Women’s Challenge Cup Final.
If you would like to find our more about any of our initiatives, or to find out how you can get involved, please email Jake.Triggs@StaffordshireFA.com.