Roll the clock back 40 or 50 years and the world of women’s sport was a completely different place. The Women’s Football World Cup kicked off on the 7th June in France and these games are being shown on prime time terrestrial television.
I have always loved sport and would have certainly wanted to play both cricket and football when a child but this certainly wasn’t an option. I remember a very dear friend of mine, several years older whose father and brother both played county cricket. Brenda was part of this cricket loving family and was determined she would play. I remember her telling me about how she played for many years with her hair pushed up inside her cap, wearing tight tops so that people don’t notice she was a girl. I remember her saying how she was forced to stop after someone pointed out this fact and how much she had missed being able to play. People like this were the real trail blazers for todays sport where girls/women are encouraged to do anything they want to.
On the BBC news last week it was been reported that actually an English team entered the unofficial women football World Cup as far back as 1971 and how the players who played were then banned from their respective clubs for taking part. How things have changed. Below is a photo showing the pennant for the 1971 competition, held in Mexico, and this goes to show all that was wrong with women’s sport then. What a stereotype and so glad to see that things have changed and there isn’t the same almost laughable attitude to women’s sport and that governing bodies are now embracing these competitions.
The pennant for the 1970 Mens World Cup was also held in Mexico and it certainly wasn’t like the ladies one. Take a look and draw your own conclusions…
There are so many positives for sport, it helps with health, fitness, team spirit, organisation, discipline and keeps people off of street corners to name but a few. Take advantage of all of the sports that are on offer today and realise that we are not bound by any rules and regulations about what we can and can’t do and within reason anything is open to us all to try.
Good Luck to the home nation’s football teams and do your country proud and prove if you love sport it doesn’t actually matter who is competing, it is the event and the spectacle we are all watching.
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