Jacqui Forster

We are sad to confirm that Jacqui Forster, the founder of Women at the Game, has died.

What follows is a small, personal tribute to her.

When I was asked if I could help with Jacqui’s plan to encourage more women to football, I thought it was a great idea but unsure whether it would take off.

It was Jacqui’s drive and determination that ensured it did.

I’d been aware of her work in the supporters’ trust movement for years, but we spoke for the first time at the end of 2016 as we got Women at the Game up and running. She had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in February 2015, and although friends had raised some money for her, she wanted to use it to do something to help others.

That became Women at the Game.

She was nervous at first about the media interest in her story and the project, but she became very adept at appearances on the TV, on radio and in the written press; and had neverending suggestions of how we could make Women at the Game even bigger and better.

We officially launched in Manchester in May 2017. By the time I got back to my home in London the next day, Jacqui had sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers to thank me, when it was I who should have been thanking her – for all her work, for her dedication, and for her friendship.

I shall miss her.

Carrie Dunn (Women at the Game)


Response to incidents reported at Stevenage

The steering group of Women at the Game were shocked to read the details of the letter from the Mariners’ Trust to Stevenage FC, particularly with regard to the searches of female fans entering the ground.

WatG believe that everyone should be welcome at football, not humiliated or embarrassed in any way, and will continue to work towards that end.

Important – launch event update

We at Women at the Game are devastated by the events of last night at Manchester’s Arena.

We are currently liaising with people with regard to our event on Thursday and will post here as soon as we can confirm what is possible.

We have been contacted by Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham’s office and have made contact with the National Football Museum but it is too early at the moment to confirm anything.

We are sure everyone will understand that we will let you know as soon as possible.

Book now for WatG launch event!

You are cordially invited to attend the official launch for Women at the Game, to be held at the National Football Museum, Manchester, on Thursday 25th May, from 6.15pm.

Attendance is free – just register via Eventbrite!

Special guests include Andy Burnham and WatG founder Jacqui Forster as well as other representatives from sports clubs and organisations around the country.

At our launch party, you can:

  • hear about why we exist and what we do,
  • hear from some of our supporters,
  • meet other women involved in sport and network together
  • meet groups who have already held Women at the Game events – and perhaps find out how you could hold your own event.

Register now to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you then!


Bath City FC’s triumphant WatG day


Bath City FC invited female fans to Twerton Park on Saturday 11th March as part of the national “Women at the Game” initiative and were delighted to welcome a number of new faces with coffee, cake and a fantastic set by Bath College music student Ruby Donadel before the game, followed by a match that had everything: a stunning 30-yard free kick conversion, a penalty, a red card – and six goals, all for City, without reply from the hapless visitors, Hemel Hempstead Town FC.

Clearly the existing supporters were in raptures – but what did the WatG visitors make of it?

For financial adviser Julie Reeve it was her first live football match. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I’ve really enjoyed it,” said Julie. Her friend Karen McCloud, a chartered accountant agreed: “It’s really exceeded all expectations,” she told us, “and everyone was so friendly!”

Enfield announce WatG match, Saturday 4th March

We are thrilled that Enfield Town have designated their match v Havant and Waterlooville as a Women at the Game Day!

Here’s what they have to say…

Enfield Town are keen to join in to mark International Women’s Day…As such we are offering all women and girls FREE entry to our home game against Havant & Waterlooville game on Saturday 4 March ( KO 3pm).

We are particularly keen to hear from some of our existing female supporters who would be prepared to assist on the day by welcoming new women supporters to the ground on 4 March.

If you want to get involved contact Dave Bryant: dave.bryant@enfieldtownfootballclub.co.uk

Bath City announce WatG Day – #bestkeptsecret

We at WatG are thrilled that Bath City will be running a Women at the Game day on Saturday 11th March. Here’s their press release!

Watching live football with a group of mates is a fun, uplifting and bonding experience. In fact it’s men’s best-kept secret.

So, in conjunction with national initiative “Women at the Game”, and in recognition of International Women’s Day on 8th March, Bath City FC is encouraging as many women as possible to come along to the match against Hemel Hempstead on Saturday 11th March 2017 and get in on the act.

Already a women- and family-friendly environment, Bath City FC is about to become a community-owned club with a commitment to strengthening its links to the local community and to the wider city absolutely at the heart of its new identity.

Come along and join us for a reception before the game where you can get together with other female fans over pre-match refreshments. Existing BCFC women fans will be on hand to make you feel welcome, show you round and take you into the ground for the game in a safe and supportive environment.

Reception in the Moore Stephens Lounge: 2pm
Match kick-off: 3pm

• Special WatG ticket (available at the entrance to the Moore Stephens Lounge from 2pm) includes free team sheet and access to the Lounge at half-time and after the match

• Parking, food, licensed bar and tea bar all available at the ground

• Location: Bath City FC, Twerton Park, Bath BA2 1DB

Email us with any queries at watgbathcityfc@gmail.com – or just turn up on the day and look for our WatG hosts to guide you to the reception!