Quite Unsuitable for Females is a new podcast from the UK’s National Football Museum which tackles the myths and explores the stereotypes about women in football.
A directive in an FA minute book from 1921 stated that “the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and ought not to be encouraged”. Women were then prohibited from playing at FA-affiliated grounds, hampering the growth of the game.
It took 50 years for the ban to be lifted in 1971, but what happened during this time still impacts women in football today.
Working with MIC Media, the museum has recruited a number of young community producers to surface some of the secrets of the women’s game.
The 5-part series uses the museum’s extensive archive to shine a light on untold stories, tracing over a century of the game’s history up to the modern-day – including a woollen kit from the Victorian era and the Lily Parr statue, the only one dedicated to a female footballer.
The ban is just one of the talking points covered in the podcast. It also looks at the game’s early pioneers, international representation, kits through the ages, and parallels with the modern game.
Special guests include Dr Fiona Skillen, Miss Kick founder Grace Vella, England and Everton star Toni Duggan and Khalida Popal ex-captain, and now events and programme director of the Afghan Women’s football team.
The group of young community producers from the National Football Museum, with podcast training and production support from MIC Media learned how to produce a podcast and created the series in just 3 months. Debs, Meg, Rosy and Uma have yet to be in the same room and the same time yet, but they hope to get together to watch a Euro’s match in UK this summer!
David Mansell, digital producer at the National Football Museum, said: “It’s been brilliant to hear the community producer’s views on the museum’s collection, and all things women’s football. Thanks to funding from the Museums Association, the team have received extensive training on all things podcast production by Mic Media’s excellent facilitator, Vic Turnbull. A huge well done to the team for their efforts.”
Quite Unsuitable For Females launches tomorrow, Friday 29 April, with weekly episodes available thereafter. The podcast will be available to download via the National Football Museum website and all major podcast platforms.