The British government responded to the demand of football players: 670 million for physical education

The UK government is providing £600m (€673m) for extra physical education in schools, especially for girls, over the next two years. The English women’s national team’s biggest wish for national coach Sarina Wiegman has come true.

Shortly after British footballers won the European Championship last summer, he wrote an open letter to the government. In it, the players begged for equal opportunities for boys and girls, and more physical and soccer training for girls.

“The Lions’ victory at the European Championship (nickname for the British team, editor’s note) changed the sport,” says Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. “Young girls now know they can be part of a new generation that can celebrate success with Lionesses.”

“We want schools to give all young girls the opportunity to play sports just like boys. Every girl should be able to exercise regularly and we are proud to offer them this opportunity.”

Admiration for Wiegman

Wiegman said in an interview with NOS in December last year that he admires the social commitment of his players. “They used the success of the European Championship to change society. I find this very powerful. It was also necessary because half of the British girls were not able to play sports that year.”

Since winning the European Championship, the footballers have been in “constant dialogue” with the government about expanding sports opportunities for girls. Most players of European champions had very limited opportunities to play football as young girls.

The government’s announcement that it will invest millions of euros today also has symbolic value. International Women’s Day.

historical decision

The British association speaks of a “historical decision”. “The success we had last summer has inspired many young girls to pursue their football dreams,” said England captain Leah Williamson. “We see it as our responsibility to open the doors to them, and this decision of the government makes that possible.”

In this video message, British international players Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy express their satisfaction with the million-euro investment.

Currently, 67 percent of all schools in the UK offer the same number of physical education lessons to girls as boys. The Sunak-led government now expects all schools in the country to devote at least two hours a week to physical education classes. In addition, girls should have access to the same sports clubs as boys.

“The magic of winning the European Championship is now over,” said FA President Mark Bullingham. “This decision could change the future of women’s football and will have a positive impact on society.”

Women’s football has grown in popularity in England since Wiegman’s team won the European Championship. Super League matches sometimes attract tens of thousands of spectators.

Source: NOS