Does the success of Arsenal’s Ladies Football Festival prove that there is a future for women in the sport?
Over the last decade or so, there have been more women getting involved in football. There are new girls’ teams created on a yearly basis, as the sport becomes more popular with young ladies as well as men. Arsenal Ladies team have been one of the most successful squads in recent years and are the most successful club in English women’s football.
They recently held an event in April to welcome more girls to join the sport, while providing the opportunity for eager footballers to ask their heroes questions. We take a look at the event and discuss if the landscape of the sport is changing and if Arsenal’s event can help to cement the long-term future of women’s football.
Almost 100 girls turned up to the club’s event – a fantastic achievement which only helps to prove that women’s football is on the rise. The rising stars were able to partake in a few drills and practice matches before meeting Arsenal Ladies players Alex Scott and Leah Williamson.
The event was for footballers of all standards and the club were ecstatic with the turnout as development officer Ciara Allen revealed: “It was a fantastic day and a fantastic turnout too. We had close to 100 girls playing and it was all about the football.” After such a successful event this time around, the Gunners may decide to hold another festival later in the year.
The football ‘landscape’ is changing
Although the sport has traditionally been viewed as a man’s game, there is an increasing number of women that are partaking in football. However, there are also a higher number of women who are attending matches and other activities associated with football, such as betting. Ladies are now welcomed at the football and bookmakers are starting to market some of their selections at women as more and more females get involved with the sport. There was once a time where people believed that women would partake in bingo rather than watch and bet on football, however, with companies like Betway providing games and bets on matches, those times are long gone and ladies can have a flutter as often as men.
There is no doubt that women’s football is on the rise in the United Kingdom and events like this will only help to convince other ladies to get involved with the sport. The football landscape is certainly changing, and will continue to change as long as women continue to show an interest in the sport – which can only be good news for those who aspire to play football professionally for women’s teams in the future.