Brighton & Hove Albion’s elite women’s and girls’ football manager Tracy Doe has stated that women’s football is on the edge of making major breakthroughs.
Speaking at the Sussex FA’s Girls’ Football Festival at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, Doe hailed the current Women’s World Cup in Canada for putting the women’s game in the spotlight and for giving young players role models to look up to on the football pitch.
She told seagulls.co.uk, “Women’s football in general is at a cultural tipping point and over the next 10 years it will be the biggest growth area in football.
“England’s foray into Canada and the World Cup has been phenomenal and that is why you will see so many uptakes in girls’ football over the next few months.
“The girls are doing excellently out in Canada and we are massively behind them. Twitter is alive with the England women’s team after how successful they were against Norway.
“Everyone needs a role model; everyone needs to be able to look at someone and say, 'I want to do that', whether you are a referee, a player or a coach, so it is vital we have superstars out there pushing the game forward.
“Not only are the girls looking at them and saying, ‘I want to do that’, but the parents are looking and seeing that there is an opportunity for their daughter to be able to play professional football and that is outstanding."
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The Sussex FA’s Girls’ Football Festival is a free event designed to encourage more girls to play football.
The day was a huge success with girls from primary schools across Sussex showing their football skills off at Albion’s training ground, with a variety of football-based activities set up.
Michael Ryan from the Sussex FA said, “It has been a fantastic day. We have been blessed with the weather as it has remained dry and we are at a brilliant facility.
“It is a world-class facility and in terms of Sussex there is nowhere better. Brighton & Hove Albion have been magnificent in the support they have offered us.
“All the girls seem to have enjoyed themselves, be it regular players or the ones new to the game.”
Jason Lees, a teacher from Queens Park Primary School, added, “It is a great event and a really great promotion of football. The girls get to make it their own, rather than competing with the boys for space.
“Girls’ football is on the up, especially over the last few years, and it is very popular on the playground these days which is good to see.”
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