Club Join With “Women At The Game”
Apr 3, 2018 1557 Views

Club Join With “Women At The Game”

Southport Football Club have designated their home match on Saturday 7th April against Nuneaton a “women and girls at the game” event and are looking to encourage as many local females to come and join us at the Merseyrail Community Stadium

We want to connect with women, women’s groups and girls in the Southport, increase our appeal to that demographic and ensure that the Merseyrail Community Stadium is a safe, friendly, welcoming and enjoyable environment for all.

CEO Natalie Atkinson said: “Im delighted that we are dedicating our game on the 7th to women and girls. It is really important that we change perceptions that football can still be seen by some as male sport. I have been working in football a long time and have found nothing but respect from people within the game, I want to inspire as many women and girls to get involved either through playing, volunteering, coaching and spectating. Our club could not be more welcoming, so come and watch!”

The club have linked up with “Women at the Game” a charity group who aims to help give women their first taste of live football in a supportive environment.

Women at the Game is the brainchild of Supporters Direct employee, Jacqui Forster to was instrumental in the initial set up of Port Supporters Trust, Trust in Yellow.

Forster, an Altrincham FC fan, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February 2015 and decided to use money that friends raised for her to get this project up and running.

“I simply want to enable more women to feel happy going to watch sport, particularly men’s football,” says Jacqui. “I think that meeting other women before the game in a non-threatening venue, like a café, entering the ground together and wherever possible spending the match with their new-found friends and even travelling home together will make more women of all backgrounds, ethnicity and religion more likely to give “going to the footie” a go. This is really about making friends with other women who support the same club.”

Saturday’s game will feature all-female mascots and exciting details about the launch of our new Women’s Team.

Women are encouraged to meet and mingle in the Grandstand Bar before the game and there will be a number of our female staff and volunteers on hand to welcome newcomers to the club, offer any assistance and make everyone feel at home.

We hope you will join us at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, Haig Avenue, Southport from 1pm in the Grandstand Bar with match kick off at 3pm.

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