After the disappointment of the World Cup in Germany, English football is on the way up again. But it's not Rooney, Gerrard and Terry that we should be congratulating but Kelly Smith, Karen Carney and Rachel Brown. After 11 years of hurt, the England Women have qualified for the World Cup Finals in China next year, following a classic back to the walls performance in France.
The parks and football fields of England are full of children trying to emulate the likes of Beckham and Rooney but soon it may be the name of England Women's captain, Faye White that is written on the backs of their replica shirts. Historically girls have not been given the chance to play football at school but thousands more would if given the opportunity.
The women's game is booming and with the success of the current team there is every chance that more young women will get involved in the game, whether it's to play competitively or just to have a kick about to keep fit. The Football Foundation, the UK's largest sports charity, is playing a key role in revitalising grass roots sport, investing in our parks, schools and playing fields and harnessing the power of the game within our communities, to promote education and social inclusion. Their mission is to improve facilities, create opportunities and build communities.
Since its launch in 2000 the Foundation has supported 2870 projects worth £446million, funded 112 artificial turf pitches, 295 changing facilities and given over 100,000 children new football strips. It is unique in bringing together Government and football to benefit communities.
Find out more about how to get involved in the beautiful game Paul Thorogood from the Football Foundation who join us live online on Tuesday 24th October at 1pm