With the 2015 Women’s World Cup having been played this summer, and the whole country getting behind the England Women’s national team before they were agonisingly knocked out the semi-final; the question remains, has there been an increase in the interest of Women’s Football?
With 12.6 million people watching the BBC’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup, and the England team achieving the most successful run in English football for over half a century you would think so.
Women’s football teams all over the country in light of our international success have expanded their squad size, and created reserve teams to get more women involved in football.
Here in Bournemouth, the AFC Bournemouth Ladies team has a first team and a reserve team, to try and inspire young girls into wanting to play football. Vince Taylor the manager of AFCB Ladies said “Our aim is to try and get the reserve team players wanting to be moved up into the first team.”
The coach of AFC Bournemouth Ladies, Paula Taylor, Vince Taylor’s daughter said “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.”
The lionesses seem to have given more to the country than a Women’s World Cup bronze, with The Football Association launching the “We Can Play” campaign to get more women interested in football.
Read more on the rise of interest in Women’s Football in Hampshire here: http://buzz.bournemouth.ac.uk/hampshirewomensfootball/