England’s Euro 2022 winners have urged the next prime minister to give every girl in the country the chance to follow in their footsteps.
In an open letter to Conservative Party leadership candidates Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, signed by the 23-member squad that beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in Sunday’s final, the Lionesses called on the government “to make a huge difference”. “.
In it, they say: “On Sunday night history was written. The dreams of 23 women came true. England became European champions for the first time in history.
“Throughout the Euros, as a team, we have spoken about our legacy and our aim to inspire a nation. Many will think that has already been achieved, but we only see this as the start.
“We are looking to the future. We want to create real change in this country and we are asking you, if you were to become Prime Minister on September 5, to help us achieve this change.”
The Lionesses point out that only 63% of girls can play football in school physical education classes and urge the government to ensure girls have access to at least two hours of physical education each week and to guidance in teachers in the subject.
The letter continues: “It’s something we all experienced growing up. We were often prevented from playing, so we formed our own teams, we traveled around the country and despite the obstacles we continued to play soccer.
“Women’s football has come a long way. But there is still a long way to go.”
Truss was the first to respond to the letter via Twitter saying she “wants equal access to all sport for boys and girls and supports campaigns such as the FA’s Let Girls Play campaign” and is ” determined to investigate” what prevents schools from providing the minimum recommended PE.
Sunak responded by pledging an immediate review of women’s football if appointed prime minister and said he would also ask Ofsted to ‘inspect sport in schools as part of every inspection’.
England v USA sold out at Wembley
All available general admission tickets for the Lionesses’ October international game against the United States at Wembley sold out within 24 hours.
The tantalizing match is scheduled for Friday, October 7, as England qualify for the World Cup.
The Lionesses announced the game on Tuesday afternoon with a request that crashed on the FA website.
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Watch the stars of England’s Euro 2022 triumph play in the Women’s Super League live on sky sports during the 2022/23 season; the new campaign starts on September 10.
England captain Williamson will lead her Arsenal side in a weekend opener at Manchester City in front of Sky cameras on September 11.
This game comes a day after the season’s curtain-raiser between Tottenham and Manchester United at 12:30 p.m. on September 10, also live on sky sports.