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Nothing compares to the real thing for first time visitors!

Women at the Game event is a big hit

15 March 2022

They had watched football on TV and even visited our stadium for a ‘reconnaissance mission’, but the real thing was extra special for our Women at the Game group on Saturday.

Twenty three participants – including many who had never been to a football game before – were joined by four volunteers from our Diversity and Inclusion Working Group to sample the big match atmosphere at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

There was also the bonus of meeting the ‘Lady Imps’ from Lincoln, players from our women’s first-team – and of course Haydon the Womble!

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Women at the Game organiser Anna Slade said: “It was a really successful day and our participants enjoyed themselves very much. It was a bonus for them to meet some of our women’s team, and the Lady Imps from Lincoln.

“I'm especially grateful to all our wonderful people in the Club, the Foundation and our Diversity and Inclusion Group volunteers, without whom this wouldn't have been possible. Thank you all so much!”

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The group on Saturday included members of the Saheli and Chai Asian Women's group, based in Kingston, and they were joined by 40 pupils from Burntwood School in Wandsworth, as organised by our Foundation.

Set-up by the late Jacqui Forster, the idea of this annual event is to provide women with that first taste of a matchday – all in a supportive environment. And the pictures certainly show that our first time visitors enjoyed the experience!

Photos by Kirk Pritchard.

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