England’s Euro 2022 heroes send open letter to PM hopefuls Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss calling on Government to ensure girls can play football at school and guarantee at least two hours of PE a week to ensure their legacy is not wasted
- The Euro 2022 winning squad have sent a joint letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss
- The Lionesses are urging the next Prime Minister to ensure they build on success
- England women sealed a 2-1 victory over Germany in front of 87,192 at Wembley
England’s Euro 2022 winning squad have sent a joint letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss urging the next Prime Minister to ensure their UEFA European Championship win is ‘just the beginning’ for women’s football.
The Lionesses sealed a 2-1 victory over Germany after extra-time thanks to goals from Ella Toone and Chloe Kelly to win their first major trophy in front of 87,192 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening.
The entire squad have now signed a joint letter to the two Conservative leadership candidates outlining their hopes for change moving forwards.
They’re urging for all girls to be allowed to play football in school and have a different to the one they had when growing up.
The letter read: ‘Dear Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, on Sunday evening history was made.
‘The dreams of 23 women came true. England became European champions for the first time in history.
England’s Euro 2022 winning squad have sent a joint letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss
The entire squad have now signed a joint letter to the two Conservative leadership candidates Rishi Sunak (left) and Liz Truss (right) outlining their hopes for change moving forwards
‘Throughout the Euros, we as a team spoke about our legacy and goal to inspire a nation.
‘Many will think that this has already been achieved, but we see this only as the beginning.
‘We are looking to the future. We want to create real change in this country and we are asking you, if you were to become Prime Minister on 5 September, to help us achieve that change.
‘We want every young girl in the nation to be able to play football at school.
The squad is urging the next Prime Minister to ensure their Euros win is ‘just the beginning’
The Lionesses are calling on the government to ensure all girls can play football in school
‘Currently only 63% of girls can play football in PE lessons. The reality is we are inspiring young girls to play football, only for many to end up going to school and not being able to play.
‘This is something that we all experienced growing up. We were often stopped from playing. So we made our own teams, we travelled across the country and despite the odds, we just kept playing football.
‘Women’s football has come a long way. But it still has a long way to go.
‘We ask you and your government to ensure that all girls have access to a minimum of two hours a week PE. Not only should we be offering football to all girls, we also need to invest in and support female PE teachers too.
The squad including Georgia Stanway (pictured) want a guarantee a minimum of two hours of PE every week to ensure Lionesses’ legacy is not wasted
‘Their role is crucial and we need to give them the resources to provide girls’ football sessions. They are key role models from which so many young girls can flourish.#
‘We have made incredible strides in the women’s game, but this generation of school girls deserve more.
‘They deserve to play football at lunchtime, they deserve to play football in PE lessons and they deserve to believe that they can one day play for England. We want their dreams to also come true.
‘This is an opportunity to make a huge difference. A change that will impact millions of young girls’ lives.
‘We – the 23 members of the England Senior Women’s Euro squad – ask you to make it a priority to invest into girls’ football in schools, so that every girl has the choice.
‘Regards, The 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO England Squad.’
England’s clash with USA at Wembley in October has remarkably sold out inside 24 hours
The Lionesses’ official Twitter account had a message for the fans buying tickets for the match
The legacy from their success is already evident as tickets for England’s friendly with the United States at Wembley sold out less than 24 hours after going on sale.
The Lionesses announced the fixture on Tuesday afternoon after they were crowned European champions last Sunday but by 2pm on Wednesday only hospitality tickets remained.
The FA website crashed several times with the governing body apologising for the issues.
Share this article
Source: Read Full Article