The brainchild of Jacqui Forster, Women at the Game (WATG) aims to give women their first taste of live football in a supportive environment.
Forster, an Altrincham FC fan, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February 2015 – and is using some money that friends raised for her to get this project up and running.
“I simply want to enable more women to feel happy going to watch sport, particularly men’s football,” says Jacqui. “I think that meeting other women before the game in a non-threatening venue, like a café, entering the ground together and wherever possible spending the match with their new found friends and even travelling home together will make more women of all backgrounds, ethnicity and religion more likely to give Going to the Footie a go. This is really about making friends with other women who support the same club.”
The first Women at the Game event was at Forster’s home club when they played Gloucester at the start of January, and a series of events were organised to mark International Women’s Day 2017 on the 8th of March.