Event takes place as Women's EURO tournament begins
Participants in the female football session
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust held a female football session in Gunnersbury Park on the same night as the Women’s EURO football tournament began.
The session offered women of all ages and abilities, the opportunity to play football in a community setting.
The event on Wednesday night (6 July) took place as England were winning their first match against Austria at Old Trafford. Brentford Community Stadium is also hosting a number of matches during the tournament.
Brentford FC Community Sports Trust also run a number grassroots football sessions for women and girls across the borough.
Luke Brooks-Smith, Head of Community Sport at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, said, “We were asked to look at how we can increase female participation in the lead up to the tournament, and off the back of that we started these sessions in January. Since then, we've had around 120 women registered for the sessions with around 30-35 women taking part each week, all completely free of charge.
“What’s wonderful about this session is we've got a real variety of ages and abilities. We've got some who are 16, some in further education or some who are finishing Year 11 who are really interested in continuing their football journey. They all get to come together every Wednesday night, to have a laugh with one another and also improve their football skills at the same time.
“This session tonight is very much around recreation, socialising, improving their fitness, but if someone had the ambition that they want to go and play competitive football, then we've got the connections locally to set that up for them.”
Councillor Salman Shaheen, Cabinet Member for Parks and Leisure at Hounslow Council, donned his Brentford shirt when he joined the session.
He said, “This football session is a fantastic example of how grassroots organisations are creating safe and welcoming environments for girls and women to play and enjoy football. This is the borough of Bend It Like Beckham. Twenty years on from a landmark film that called out the social stigma of women playing football, Hounslow is playing host to the UEFA Women’s EURO and we want to build a lasting legacy around this.
“This tournament is about so much more than just football matches; it’s about developing a lifelong love of football.”
Cllr Shaheen does a radio interview during the session
Brentford’s Community Stadium is hosting a number of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 matches, including the quarter final match on Thursday 21 July.
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July 8, 2022