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Lionesses Publish Letter Urging Rishi Sunak And Liz Truss To Invest In Girls’ Football

Ella Kipling August 5, 2022

On August 3, three days after their win against Germany, the victorious England Women’s football squad published an open letter addressed to the two candidates in the Conservative leadership race.

The letter urged Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss to invest in girls’ football. They said:

‘Throughout the Euros, we as a team spoke about our legacy and goal to inspire a nation. Many will think that this has already been achieved, but we see this only as the beginning. We are looking to the future.’

The players, who are the current European Champions, asked Sunak and Truss to help the country achieve that change if they were to become Prime Minister in September.

The letter was signed by the 23 members of the England Senior Women’s Euro squad.

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“This generation of school girls deserve more”

The letter stated that only 63% of girls can play football in PE lessons, which means that the team are “inspiring young girls to play football, only for many to end up going to school and not being able to play.”

While women’s football has come a long way, they said, it still has a long way to go.

The Lionesses continued: “We ask you and your government to ensure that all girls have access to a minimum of two hours a week PE. Not only should we be offering football to all girls, we also need to invest in and support female PE teachers too.”

Described as “key role models from which so many young girls can flourish,” female PE teachers should be given the resources to provide girls’ football sessions, the letter argued.

“We have made incredible strides in the women’s game, but this generation of school girls deserve more. They deserve to play football at lunchtime, they deserve to play football in PE lessons and they deserve to believe that they can one day play for England. We want their dreams to also come true.”

Alex Scott speaks up on football inequality

After England took home the trophy at the 2022 Euro’s final, presenter and former player Alex Scott spoke powerfully about the disparity in football between the men and women’s game.

She stated: “Back in 2018, we were begging people to host, in their stadiums, a women’s game, for this Euro’s. So many people said no.”

“I hope you’re all looking at yourselves now,” Scott said, “because you weren’t brave enough.”

Football inequality can be traced back to 1921, when the FA Council placed a ban on women playing on the grounds of affiliated clubs. After 50 years, the ban was only lifted as recently as 1971. Furthermore, it wasn’t until January 2020 that England’s men’s and women’s teams were being paid the same amount.

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Ella is the Head of Content at Freshered and also works a freelance journalist at GRV Media, writing for HITC and Reality Titbit. Her interests lie in news and anything culture related including entertainment, musicals, books, and social media. Ella is also a big supporter of student media and writes for her university’s newspaper as well as hosting her own show on the radio station.