This Saturday sees the opening weekend of the FA’s Women’s Football weekend, and if you’re a fan of Sunderland AFC, there’s no better time to get involved in Women’s Football.
Following the success of last summer’s Women’s World Cup, and the subsequent record-breaking crowds in the Women’s Super League, English football’s governing body announced its plans for the weekend on the back of similar events in the footballing calendar.
With international weekend taking precedence over the Premier League and the Championship in the men’s game, the FA announced this weekend as the ideal opportunity to showcase the best in women’s football. With Sunderland’s away game at Bristol Rovers being called off for the very same reason, why not take the trip over to Derby County Ladies this weekend instead, where the Lasses take on the Rams on Sunday? It’s certainly a shorter journey, and you may just see a team in red and white actually win!
The Lasses are on a terrific run of form that has taken them a huge seven points clear at the top of the league, with eight wins in nine and a massive 32 goals scored - that’s a ridiculous 3.5 goals per game. There’s really no better time to get involved with Melanie Reay’s side than now.
Speaking to Roker Report about Women’s Football Weekend, SAFC Ladies goalkeeper Claudia Moan said:
Women’s football weekend is really important for the growth of women’s football. Hopefully we can get more people invested in the game, with higher attendances at women’s matches in the area, people taking on more roles, whether that be supporting, playing or coaching.
Any events like this promote women’s football in a great light and show everyone just how big it can be in the future.
Can’t get to down to see the Lasses this weekend? If you haven’t been before, make the Lasses game against Middlesbrough Women on 1st December your first. The game takes place at Eppleton CW, with kick-off at 2pm.
Want to catch a local women’s game this weekend? A handy little list of local women’s football can be found here.