Old Trafford hosts 'Change the Game' event
Leading figures from across sport and the media came together at Old Trafford on Friday, to celebrate the growth of women’s football ahead of Sunday’s historic first appearance by Manchester United Women in front of a crowd at the Theatre of Dreams.
Kelly Simmons OBE, Director of the Women’s Professional Game at the FA, also took part in the day-long conference, which was packed with debate and discussion about the positive progress already made by women’s football – and the action still needed to help it reach its full potential.
An audience of Manchester United employees and guests heard from some of the club’s own women leaders, as well as from representatives of club partners Tezos, TeamViewer and Kohler about their growing engagement with women’s football as it grows in popularity.
Visibility is the key to inspiring the next generation of women footballers and fans, and there are no bigger champions of the sport than the BBC and Sky. Together, the broadcasters will have delivered a record 66 live matches by the end of the 2021/22 season, helping drive increased audiences and interest.
The event closed with Skinner, Turner and Mannion giving a preview of Sunday’s game, with three crucial WSL points at stake in the tense race for the top-three finish which would secure a place in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League. United go into the Everton clash in third place ahead of local rivals Manchester City on goal difference.
Digital tickets for the game will remain available until kick-off, priced at £6 for adults and £3 for under 16s and over 65s, and can be accessed via manutd.com/womenstickets.