Home nations footballers will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March at midday.
Appearing live from the Cyprus Cup, where their respective countries are taking part in the tournament, will be England’s Eni Aluki and Lianne Sanderson. They’ll be joined by Scotland’s Kim Little and Leanne Ross. The event will be hosted by Jo Tongue of Women in Football, a network of professional women working in and around the football industry.
Eni Aluko said:
“On such an important day in the calendar for women, Lianne and I are really pleased to play our part in celebrating International Women’s Day and focusing on everything that’s great about women in sport.
“We are all aware of our position as role models here in the England team and that we have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of women, whether it’s to play football or to work hard to achieve whatever goals they have in life.
“Over the past few years there has been a real transformation in attitudes towards women’s football and while there is still work to do, events such as today’s Hangout really help to recognise the talented women working in all areas of the game.”
Kim Little said: “It’s brilliant that despite being away representing my country, I can still participate in this Google+ hangout on an important day for women around the world.
“Football has given myself, Lianne, and our Scotland team mates some fantastic opportunities, and by sharing our experiences we hope to inspire a new generation of young players. Women’s football is growing all the time, and this is an exciting way to talk about the game we all love.”
Also among the interviewees is Julia Penury, Head of Security and Operations at Wembley Stadium. Julia has commanded police officers across a number of sporting events, including the UEFA Champions League final, and spent 30 years working in the Metropolitan Police Service. She’ll be joined by football agent Dentaa Amoateng.
The Hangout is the latest in a line of home nations events. In February the service hosted a session featuring Wales’ Joe Ledley, England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Northern Ireland’s Ollie Norwood, and Scotland’s Ikechi Anya. The Hangouts have been made possible by Vauxhall, who sponsor all four nationals and were behind the first effort in August which was attended by all the managers of all four home nations teams.