Milton Keynes councillors call for 'equal access' to football in schools

    The Progressive Alliance has today (10/8), criticised the government for 'making a u-turn decision' and 'refusing to commit' to ensure that girls have equal access to football in schools.

    The Progressive Alliance on Milton Keynes Council have today said they are are backing the Lioness’ in calling for equality in the sport.

    It comes after England’s Lionesses wrote a letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, asking them to commit to allowing all girls to play football in schools.

    The Department for Education has refused to say it would change the guidance.

    The Government is facing criticism for refusing to make football part of the national curriculum and for declining to update its guidelines to make football more inclusive.

    Councillor Jane Carr, Lib Dem Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member responsible for sport, said: “This summer, England became European Champions for the first time in history. Since then, the 23 inspiring players have set out their goal to encourage women and girls to take up football.

    “It’s a shame that the Government aren’t engaging with the players’ calls to make football equal and accessible for all. The Government has even gone as far as refusing to change the wording of guidance which states that girls should be taught ‘comparable sports’ to football. What sort of picture does this paint for women’s football?

    “It’s crucial that women and girls have equal access to the sport, to ensure it can be played and enjoyed by generations to come. Women’s football deserves better, and we’re calling on the future prime minister to ensure the sport gets the treatment it deserves.”

    MKFM has contacted the local MPs for a statement.

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