I met up with Paula Taylor, a player-coach for AFC Bournemouth Ladies, and discussed if the recent Women’s World Cup success from England changed the levels of participation in Hampshire. Here is what she had to say:
With the Women’s World Cup having just gone by this summer, and England just losing out at the semi-final stage of the competition, do you think there has been a rise in the interest in Women’s football?
Yeah it has massively improved interest in ladies’ football, where I work in schools as well, we used to get five girls before the world cup, now we get fifteen girls, wanting to participate into local clubs as well, and it has improved massively, because they’ve all said I have role models that are females that have just played, Rachel Yankee, Kelly Smith, all old names but they all want to be like them.
What other ways could interest in Ladies’ Football be increased?
I think what we need to do is to get more people on our media team, when you get people on the media you get more publicity, and if you keep pressing all that media out you are going to get more girls into football; because everything is social media nowadays, twitter, Facebook, everyone is on that, and as soon as you get that name out there, more people want to get involved, and when they know something is local or they have a role model that’s in that, even if it is male’s football and they’re with women footballers, its going to boost that interest definitely.