Growing up there was only ever one thing on my mind and that was football, it didn’t matter if it was raining outside or bright sunshine, I would still be kicking a ball. I played for any team I could, the school team, the town team or just a group of children on the field...I loved to play football.
Fast forward a few (ok a lot) years and with two daughters growing up and taking notice of the World it is important that they see nothing is impossible. From an early age my eldest has been keen on sport and just like me she enjoys football.
In our local area, they are a few small teams and she did use to play for one on a Sunday morning and seemed to really enjoy it. She certainly got stuck in, but then the rain came along and a lay in bed on a Sunday morning for her was more appealing.
Towards the end of last season I took her to her first football match, it was just a local small non-league team but the whole atmosphere gripped her...from the getting hot food at half time and the songs being sung, the whole of the next week she was talking about it and when we could go again.
We tend to watch football on a Sunday afternoon on TV and a while ago she made the comment of ‘why don’t they show women’s football?’ This is true...you don’t see much women’s football on the telly.
This upcoming weekend it’s the women’s FA Cup final at Wembley which is sponsored by SSE, are of the UK’s leading energy companies, supplying energy to around 8.21 million customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland. This is a company who are making a difference in the World on women’s football.
They are creating opportunities and making a difference at all levels of the game, from grassroots right through to professional players. They’ve created a video to show you the work they are putting into the game.
SSE, are giving the message that everyone deserves the same opportunities and are committed to making the difference across all levels of football. Not that it’s just about the game but when Aly played she learnt new skills and make new friendships, friendships that are still strong today.
As part of the commitment at the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final, they are making it more accessible for children with their ‘kids go free’ ticket offer.
SSE is the energy behind women’s football are we’ll be sitting down together to watch the game and hopefully my daughters will be inspired and dream about playing on the biggest stage in football.
The recent launch of SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs will provide girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. SSE continue to show their commitment to increasing participation in the women’s game through this new initiative. The clubs will run from spring through summer on a weekly basis and aim to provide a fun and safe space for girls to learn the game and make friends.
This is a collaborative post.