Newly crowned women’s European champions England have written an open letter to the two candidates to be the next British Prime Minister calling for greater opportunities for girls to play football in schools and reminding them that the women’s game still has a long way to go.
In a letter addressed to PM hopefuls Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, the team wrote that they had discussed their legacy and objective to inspire the nation as a group.
“Many will think that this has already been achieved, but we see this as only the beginning,” the team said.
“We are looking to the future. We want to create real change in this country and we are asking you, if you were to become Prime Minister on Sept. 5, to help us achieve that change.
“We want every young girl in the nation to be able to play football at school.”
“We see this as only the beginning.”
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) August 3, 2022
The team said that only 63% of girls can play football during physical education (P.E.) lessons at present.
“The reality is we are inspiring young girls to play football, only for many to end up going to school and not being able to play,” the team added.
“This is something that we all experienced growing up. We were often stopped from playing. So we made our own teams, we travelled across the country and despite the odds, we kept playing football.
“Women’s football has come a long way. But it still has a long way to go. We ask you and your government to ensure that all girls have access to a minimum of two hours a week P.E..”
The team also called for greater investment and support for P.E. teachers.
“We have made incredible strides in the women’s game, but this generation of school girls deserve more,” they said.
“They deserve to play football at lunchtime, they deserve to play football in P.E. lessons and they deserve to believe they can one day play for England. We want their dreams to also come true.”