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Football Foundation Pays Tribute To Lionesses

Thu 2nd Jul 2015 | Football Governance

The Lionesses’ success in the FIFA World Cup will help inspire a generation of female footballers despite their disappointing defeat to Japan in the semi-final of the tournament on Wednesday.     

The Football Foundation paid tribute to the England Women’s team on their recent success at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The UK’s largest sport charity, which focuses on investing in our grassroots game, said that the performances and the spirit that the team displayed over the last month has raised the profile and prestige of the women’s’ game to its highest ever level – also helping to transform the attitudes of wider society towards women and girls’ sport in general.

By exceeding pre-tournament expectations, this England team has provided a solid platform for women’s football to continue to grow and develop, starting with The FA Women’s Cup Final, which will be held for the first time at Wembley Stadium in August, and then next season’s FA Women’s Super League competition.

The Football Foundation is a strong supporter of the women’s’ game and will continue to ensure that investment by its Funding Partners – the Premier League, The FA and the Government – is directed into projects that will ensure that as many girls and women as possible are able to develop their skills and enjoy our national game.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, commented: “I, like so many other people, have been captivated by the success of the England Women’s team at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup over the last month. 

"We can be so proud of the achievements of the Lionesses, who have done our game and country proud.  It has been fantastic to see such a positive reaction from both the media and the general public to this roaring success.

“However, it is so important that we do not lose momentum once the World Cup show has disbanded and everyone has gone home.  It is critical to build on this success by continuing to improve the quality of grassroots facilities up and down the country. 

"As highlighted by the recent England Commission report, access to quality facilities and coaching are the key barriers to success, which the Football Foundation is focussed on removing. 

"Whether through creating new or refurbishing old facilities via the Premier League and The FA facilities Fund or creating new grassroots teams through our Grow the Game scheme  - for which girls and women’s teams are a priority  - the Football Foundation is helping to support the rapid growth of the female game – and indeed to enable people of all genders, ages, backgrounds and abilities to play sport purely for the love of it.” 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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