We do this by making football more available and accessible to all women and non-binary people, regardless of experience or ability. We strive to create an environment in which everyone is respected and treated equally, regardless of race, gender, class, sexuality, age, religion or disability. We believe we can achieve this if everyone involved in the club bears that in mind, so on and off the pitch we:
- Maintain a positive and respectful attitude with our teammates, opposition, referees, coaches and ourselves. Everyone feeling good matters more than winning!
- Use clear, inclusive and gender-neutral language.
- Keep in mind how much space we take up, individually and as a group, with our bodies and with our voices. Respect each other’s physical space and boundaries.
- Remember that others have different backgrounds, cultures and identities to us.
What would you say to other people thinking of starting their own group or changing something in their local areas?
The most important thing is to establish your ethos from the start and ensure that everyone that becomes a member buys into it.
Once you’ve done that, you need to make sure that you continue to attract as many people as you can. This is something that has evolved continuously for us. We began relying on word-of-mouth promotion. This continues now – and our network is bigger than ever. We also have had good successes through local newspapers, social media and through our grants.
And finally, don’t think you are finished. We’re continuously evolving and trying to improve the club. For us, it’s about making sure we keep pushing to create the spaces that no-one else is providing. A big focus for the short-term is to increase our provision of football specifically for our players over the age of 50 and make sure that the structure of the club is strong and sustainable.