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Panel event: Fan activism and the women’s game

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters will be held on Tuesday 27th April at 1pm, on the topic of fan activism and the women’s game.

In recent years the profile of women’s football has exploded as the Women’s World Cup is bigger than ever while, domestically, interest in the WSL continues to grow, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19. These developments have been mirrored in the stands with new supporters’ groups organising and emerging at an incredible rate, resulting in the formation of the FSA’s Women’s Game Network.

Those developments have been thrown into jeopardy. Revulsion at the plans for a Super League, to co-opt women’s teams from its member clubs, at some unspecified point in the future, without consultation and with only a single sentence mention in the new competition’s opening press release, has been widespread. There is just as urgent a need to kill the Super League proposals for the health of the women’s game as there is in the men’s.

What are the campaign priorities for fan groups in the women’s game? What role do fans have in growing the game? Do clubs put match-goers or the TV audience first? Can fans fend off the hyper-commercialisation which afflicts the men’s game? Our panel discussion will tackle all this and more.

This All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) event is co-hosted by the APPG for Football Supporters and the APPG for Women’s Football. As this is an APPG event MPs and Peers will be invited to submit questions for the panel in advance while FSA members and individual fans are welcome to attend as guests and submit questions via Zoom’s chat function.

The speakers at the event are:

  • Tracey Crouch MP – chair of the Women’s Football APPG, ex-sports minister, FA-qualified coach and Spurs fan.
  • D-M Withers – Bristol City Women FC board member at Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust and co-host of the Bristol City Vixencast.
  • Rodney Cyrus – Hosts the On And Off Pitch Podcast, Manchester United fan and Fans for Diversity rep on the FSA National Council.
  • Suzy Wrack – football writer for The Guardian, FA-qualified coach and multiple FSA Writer of the Year nominee.
  • Ian Mearns MP – APPG for Football Supporters and Newcastle United fan.

This event is open to FSA members – to register to attend, simply email info@thefsa.org.uk

What is the APPG?

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Football Supporters aims “to represent the interests of match-going football fans and to support the aims and objectives of the Football Supporters’ Association”. The FSA is secretariat to the group.

The cross-party group is chaired by Gateshead MP Ian Mearns (Labour), a season ticket holder at St James’ Park, and aims to strengthen the voice of football fans in Parliament and help influence things for the better. APPG members are match-going fans with a big interest in the game.

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