The Women’s World Cup can inspire more British Asian girls to play football and tackle under representation in the sport, according to coaches and campaigners.
All of the games in the tournament are being shown on BBC TV for the first time, with radio commentary on TalkSport.
The England team, managed by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville, are one of the favourites to lift the trophy in France. Leading figures believe the event could be the “catalyst” for more south Asian girls in the UK to take up the game.
Manisha Tailor MBE, lead foundation phase at Queens Park Rangers’ academy in London, told Eastern Eye: “It is great to see the Women’s World Cup being supported by charities and governing bodies, which will undoubtedly encourage and motivate more girls to take part in the game.
“In London alone, there are organisations such as Guru Nanak FC, Goals For Girls, the Jason Roberts Foundation, Football Beyond Borders and Indian Gymkhana to name but a few, that engage with girls from the south Asian community as a result of the demographic
in which the organisations sit.
“It is also important to acknowledge male allies within the game and how they can help to create a cultural shift for Asian girls in football.”