Our trip to the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final #girlsandfootball

Women’s FA Cup Final

In recent years The FA have worked very hard to involve girls in the game of football on a local level and to promote women’s football at an elite level. Their efforts are clearly paying off as there was a record crowd of over 35,00o at this years women’s FA cup final at Wembley.

We had the absolute pleasure of being part of that crowd.

Our love of football

As a family our love affair with football dates back to my son attending a soccer tots group age 3. He has been part of a team since he was 5, he trains once a week and plays every single weekend. My daughter watched her big brother play and talk about football endlessly for years. One day when she was a bout 6 she said I’d quite to have a go too mummy and so I signed her up. She trained with a local team for 2 years and continues to play every single morning in the playground. Both my kids love the game; the team work, the challenge and of course the glory of a goal!

My son regularly goes to see Nottingham Forest men’s play with his dad but none of us have ever been to see a women’s team play. We were rather excited to be asked by Britmums and the FA if we would like to come along and lend our voice to promoting Women’s football.

The match

We had a great trip down to Wembley and were beautifully entertained in the Bobby Moore suite. We had great seats at the half way line and it was all very thrilling. There was fire, the national anthem, the players running out to the pitch..and this was before it had all begun. We were transfixed.

We decided early on we were rooting for Manchester city rather than Birmingham  City (knowing nothing about either) and we picked well. They won 4-1  and it was a great game. Such brilliant goals and tackles we were kept on the edge of our seats.

I loved my son was seeing such world class athletes that happened to be women playing and I hope it has changed any stereotypes he may have had about it being a ‘boys game.’ My daughter was clearly blown away by the skills she saw and was completely thrilled with the whole event.

She could not stop smiling,

Womens FA Cup Final

As the teams made their way back on to the pitch after collecting their trophy, she managed to touch hands with a few and congratulate her new heroes.

I know very little about football but found it all very exiting too. We did the Mexican Wave a few times and we all  just LOVED that! The whole atmosphere was family friendly and great fun. What a day out!

We will definitely go to more Women’s football matches and as a whole family too.

It was £15 a ticket and free for under 16’s so a it would prove a very affordable trip to Wembley. I’d say pop it in your diary for next year the Women’s FA cup final is a treat not to be missed!

Do you have a daughter who plays football or have you ever been to watch a women’s football team play? Do leave me a comment and tell me your story.

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. May 19, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Hello! Ahh love your review – it was such a great atmosphere wasn’t it? I’ve always enjoyed women’s games for being a different kind of atmosphere – wish they’d have an England Ladies game at Wembley again too 🙂

    Lovely to meet you last week – I’m still grinning after the mexican waves, they’re such good fun!

  2. May 19, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Wow – it sounds like you had a great first experience of women’s football! I love it when you can have a family friendly day out like this with all the excitement of a big sporting arena.
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  3. May 19, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    What a lovely account of the day – I can see how much your daughter is enjoying it. We’re off to watch Sunderland Ladies on Sunday – can’t wait!

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