As a female football coach and a footballer I have seen first-hand the difficulties faced when it comes to inclusivity within sport. I have always structured my sessions in a way that promotes inclusivity and rejects gender bias, yet somehow it is an ever-present struggle. I believe that children need to learn about the history of UK sport and be taught that they hold the key to changing the future of it; barely anyone knows that the FA banned women from playing football for 50 years, which inevitably hindered its progress within the UK, but for some reason this fact isn't discussed. If children learn of the past, they are more likely to want to create their own inclusive future. Alongside my school talks will be coaching sessions to complement teaching material. Halftime London will not only exist in this arena, it will also exist externally as a coaching and mentorship hub promoting inclusive football and an open community for conversation and support.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There are many call to action campaigns and projects telling us to become active, but where are the actual places where we can go? Who's the person we can talk to if we have a direct question? How do we commit to showing our children that despite the bias in UK sport, things will change when we don't know if that's true or not? Children need to see an active presence in their schools, play a game of football which showcases the inclusivity in a physical way, know that there is an actual place for them to go, online and offline, where they can have open conversations about sport and not feel judged. This project works because I've felt all of the biases that I'm trying to remove by creating this project. Help Halftime London redirect the future of UK sport by teaching your children that sport is genderless and they hold the future in their hands.
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About the space
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames