Fair Play For Girls

Helen Clark, Phil Royal, Lisa Robillard Webb, Gerald Griggs, Karen Cooke, Jackie Day- Garner, Vanessa King, Steve Clapperton, Emma Whewell, Jack Eddy, Frazer Brown, Mark Balcar, Damien Fitzgerald, Joe Lowther, Kristy Howells, Louisa Edwards, Dr. Alison Murray, Dr. Pamela Murray, Rachel Williams

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


Women’s sport has proven that it has the power to inspire people and positively impact lives.’

Holly Murdoch, FA Head of Operations for the Women’s Professional Games, 30 October 2023.

On 23 December 2023, the UK Government backed the recommendations of former England and Great Britain professional footballer, Karen Carney in her independent review into the future of domestic women’s football. Culture Secretary, Lucy Frazer pledged:
‘We are completely committed to delivering equal access to sport for girls in schools, alongside an unprecedented £400 million investment in grassroots facilities outside of school.’

2023 ended on a high when Mary Earps’ victory as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year notched up a consecutive hat trick in the history of the award, showing that far from ‘bottling it’ women’s football and indeed, sport for women and girls was ‘kicking on’ with confidence. The future seemed bright indeed ---- but was that the whole story?
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAPPG Fit and Healthy Childhoods
Commissioning bodyUniversity of East London - University Campus of Football Business
Number of pages49
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2024


  • Sport
  • Girls
  • Gender
  • Equality


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