Chelsea and Parliamentary support for girls’ football

Chelsea Ladies elite development squad players Isabella Sibley and Molly Pike recently lent their support to Girls’ Football Week, when the youngsters attended two events to promote the campaign.

Funded by the Premier League and the FA, Chelsea Foundation coaches delivered a football session to members of the Parliamentary Girls Football team and both Sibley and Pike were on hand to join in along with Minister of Sport, Tracey Crouch and other female members of Parliament.

Sibley and Pike then came together with representatives of the FA and the Premier League for a visit to the Houses of Parliament for an event in celebration of Girls’ Football Week.

Ladies player Sibley said: ‘It is great to support Girls’ Football Week and the work Chelsea do to support women and girls who want to play football.

‘Playing football when I was younger was quite difficult – I played for a church boys’ team and then I got asked to move because I was a girl and I couldn’t play for their team anymore.

‘I then had to find a grassroots girls’ football team and because it wasn’t a catchment area for a girls’ football club, there were so many girls travelling from across the borough and across the county just to play for this one football team.

‘But now I look around on a Sunday morning going to football and I see fields with so many girls playing football and I just think it’s brilliant to see.’

To also mark Girls’ Football Week, Chelsea Foundation coaches delivered a girl’s football festival at our Cobham training ground involving girls from Blenheim High School in Leatherhead, St Andrews Catholic School in Leatherhead, and Woodcote High School in Purley.