Following the success of England in the Euros, the Lionesses have held talks with the government to help girls get equal access to play football in schools. Following discussions with the then-PM Liz Truss in October, Leah Williamson, Lotte Wubben-Moy, and Baroness Sue Campbell met with representatives and ministers from the Department for Education earlier this month. Following their triumph at the Euros, the Lionesses penned an open letter to the government requesting that they guarantee girls have access to at least two hours of physical education each week and instruction from female PE teachers. In addition, the FA recently disclosed data on women’s game participation and growth, which revealed a 227 percent rise in Women’s Super League attendance in 2022–2023 over the previous season.
“Although I was the letter’s main proponent, I believe that every member of that team concurred with it,” Lionesses defender Lotte Wubben-Moy said after the success of England at the Euros. “We all had these memories because there had been resistance to playing football when we were young. Some were better than others, but since I was from London, playing street football with the boys came naturally to me.”
“Others lack those opportunities, and as a result, when they do attend school, they are unable to play,” he added. “It was more a matter of being aware of the obstacles and figuring out how to make playing sports as simple as possible. The most convenient location is at school, where it is possible to use cones and balls that may be more difficult to acquire on your own. A positive relationship between football and school can be achieved through participating in a fun, safe setting.”
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