FA's Kelly Simmons speaks out at Soccerex about Grassroot Football and increasing Womens participation in the national game
Kelly Simmons spoke out about Grassroot Football and increasing women's participation in the national game at Soccerex on Tuesday (Sept 27th)
“The role of the governing body is from top to bottom of the game so it’s about getting people into the sport as well as supporting the elite and your national squad”.
Simmons went on to discuss the financial cost surrounding grassroots football.
“It is a lot of money but it’s an expensive business, you need footballing schools, you need good exit roots in to clubs, you need volunteers and referees, coaching and facilities. It starts to become a complex jigsaw that needs investment in all aspects for it to work”.
Simmons then discussed the FA’s 2020 challenge surrounding women and girl’s participation.
Women's football challenge 2020 involves the aim to double the amount of both women and girl’s participation in football, the equivalent of putting 7000 teams in local communities to make sure every girl has got a local community to play in. With the Lionesses coming third in the world cup and being ranked fifth in the world, the ever-growing success of the squad highlights the importance to widen the female playing base to give England managers of the future the biggest pool of players to pick from in order for the success to continue.