England Lioness star Fara Williams has joined evening commuters at London Victoria station to help people rediscover the joy and benefits of recreational football with a pop-up football simulator.
Fara Williams and FA Director of the Women’s Game, Kelly Simmons, were at Victoria to celebrate another successful year for the FA Mars Just Play grassroots football programme and to commemorate the people who’ve contributed to this. They were joined by Just Play players who were in the station to challenge competitive commuters to test their football skills.
This week marks the anniversary of the first ever England women’s international match, which took place on 18th November 1972. Since then, women’s football has come a long way and one of the keys to this progress has been the growth of the grassroots game.
With Mars and The FA having announced the renewal of their partnership this year with an increased focus on supporting greater diversity and inclusion at every level of the game, Just Play sessions continue to welcome all adults aged 16+, regardless of gender or ability. The FA Mars Just Play programme gives the casual footballer a chance to just turn up to a venue and play football without needing to make a commitment to a season of matches and training – it’s about turning up for an hour of exercise and a bit of fun.