To kick off the 2019/20 season of the Barclays Women’s Super League, Chelsea FC played host to Tottenham Hotspur, as Emma Hayes’ side began their quest to regain the title which they last won in 2018 (2017/18 season).
A Phenomenal And Aspirational Day
The 12.30pm fixture at Stamford Bridge brought in a record-breaking attendance of 24,564, including 45 lucky Goals4Girls participants amongst the eager crowd of spectators. Three of our girls were particularly fortunate and had the privilege to join guests including Ian Wright, Anna Kessel, Eniola Aluko and Dame Kelly Holmes in the Executive Lounge to watch the match.
Invited by the Premier League’s Ruth Shaw, and Chelsea FC, all of our girls and young women involved were understandably thrilled to enjoy such an experience. The atmosphere was electric during what was such a phenomenal and aspirational day, which also featured G4G members Demi, Gabrielle and Asma being interviewed by BBC Sport about the women’s game. BBC London reporter Ayshea Buksh recalls the girls saying “One day this could be us” as they watched the match in awe.
Chelsea were victorious 1-0 thanks to a 4th minute goal from Bethany England, and they went on to win three of their next four matches in the Women’s Super League, including an impressive 2-1 victory over holders Arsenal, in which they were trailing at half time, showcasing admirable grit and determination.
Not only the opening fixture of their campaign, the match carried extra significance by being played at Stamford Bridge, the men’s ground, as opposed to Kingsmeadow where Chelsea Women normally play their home games. This is something that is great for the women’s game and becoming more common with West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur, and Reading all hosting games at their men’s stadiums this calendar year.
The total number of fans over the opening weekend of the Women’s Super League season increased 12-fold to almost 63,000. This is not only encouraging, but very exciting for the women’s game.
G4G – Breaking Barriers To Change The Game
Using football to inspire and empower our girls and young women, the Goals4Girls Development Programme is nurturing not only sporting skill and physical fitness, but vital life skills, including team building and communication.
Asma joined G4G in 2018 and has been applying these skills in her educational and sporting journey ever since – “I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”