Lucy Bronze urges women footballers to keep pushing for change
‘We created that voice’: England star Lucy Bronze urges women footballers to keep pushing for change after the Government pledged to provide equal access to football and school sport for girls in the wake of Lionesses’ Euro 2022 triumph
- Bronze and Lionesses team-mates wrote to Government chiefs after Euro 2022
- Downing Street have now pledged to offer girls equal access to sports in school
- Bronze is proud of the ‘voice’ England stars have created for women’s football
Lucy Bronze says women’s footballers have a responsibility to use their platforms to create change after the Government pledged to offer girls equal access to football and school sport.
Bronze and her Lionesses team-mates wrote to former prime ministerial contenders Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss the day after the Euro 2022 final, urging them to build on the legacy created by their victory.
The Government will make it clear to schools that they are expected to deliver a minimum of two hours of PE per week and ensure that girls have equal access to all school sport, including football.
The ground-breaking pledge, which coincides with International Women’s Day, is backed by a multi-million-pound investment in school sport and afterschool activities.
‘I think it’s important that sports be made an important part of people’s lives because it’s generally just good for you,’ Bronze said.
Lucy Bronze says women’s footballers must continue to use their platforms to create change
Bronze was speaking after she had welcomed refugee children to the Catalan’s training facilities to mark International Women’s Day
‘It’s nice to think we played a small part with the Euros, that we’re able to create a sort of legacy to help make changes and to help with the equity within women’s football and women’s sport in general because we created that voice.
‘Hopefully we can keep pushing to make these changes, whether it’s in inner city areas, whether it’s getting more facilities, resources, or pushing the curriculum in schools to help girls get to play the sport that we grew up loving so much.’
Bronze was speaking after she had welcomed refugee children to the Catalan’s training facilities to mark International Women’s Day.
The girls, who were forced to flee from Ukraine, Afghanistan and Honduras, also had the opportunity to ask questions to the world class right-back.
‘As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a professional football player, and so now, I want other children, including refugees and those displaced, to also be able to dream. Sport can change lives and particularly for refugees, it can help them to settle and integrate into new communities.
‘Meeting these young refugee children was an absolute honour, and I am proud to support UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, who work tirelessly to help displaced children and families across the globe.’
UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) partners with the FC Barcelona Foundation and FC Barcelona, supporting sports initiatives for refugee children on four continents.
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