My 7 year old daughter is excited. She is going to her second ever football match - The 2016 SSE Women's FA Cup Final, which will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14 May 2016.

As well as having the opportunity to see some of her favourite players in action, and getting to go to Wembley, it is wonderful for her to be able to see women at the top of their game. She may ask me "why aren't their Match Attack cards with women players on them?" But women's football has come a long way with a record attendance of 30,701 at last year's SSE Women's FA Cup Final (including us, thanks to the very kind people at SSE) which millions tuned in to watch on the BBC, plus we've seen incredible performances from our Lionesses in the World Cup last year (coming 3rd) and the SheBelievesCup earlier this year.

It's also been encouraging to see various brands supporting girls and women's sport. For example, SSE are working closely with the FA as well as clubs across the country, to kick off the FA SSE Girls' Football Participation Programme, which will look to get more youngsters taking part in the sport. Launching in 2016, girls aged five to 14 will have more opportunities than ever to play the beautiful game.

SSE and the FA are setting up a series of girls-only sessions within partner clubs so girls get the chance to play and have fun with their friends. This, and England's excellent third-place finish in the 2015 Women's World Cup, highlighted the national interest in the women's game. "We're hoping to bring through the next generation of talent, because we're proud to make a difference," say SSE.

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