This week has been an active one for the 7 year old football-loving co-founder of She's kicked a ball round before and after school (as usual), learned skills at her after-school club where she is the only girl in her age group and scored a goal for her mixed team where she plays on Saturday mornings along with three other girls.

She still sometimes gets disheartened - when some boys just don't pass to her, even when she's the only one who has made a space - because she has to prove herself even more than most. I hope that won't let that stop her doing what she loves.

The week ended on a high note this morning when she watched a recording of last night's Women's Football Show to see her favourites, Chelsea Ladies, win 4-0 against Sunderland to win the WSL title and do the double.

She had been lucky enough to see Chelsea Ladies win the SSE Women's FA Cup live at Wembley Stadium in August - her first actual proper match (#whatafirstmatch!)

girls football top hoodyShe loved walking out into the stadium to find our seats as it made her "feel like one of the players!"

And this week - for GIRLS FOOTBALL WEEK - we have launched our first FOOTBALL TOP FOR GIRLS - now available on a heather grey hooded sweatshirt

TO ORDER this football top for your daughter, click here.

WeCanPlay - Because Girls Like Football Too from Cheryl Rickman on Vimeo.

And I am so thankful, after 4 years of her loving football and being told 'you should have been a boy' and 'girls don't play football' by a minority of people, that aged 7, she got to see for herself women playing an incredibly high standard of football during this summer's Women's World Cup. It gave her the chance to see other females playing the game she adores really REALLY well on television, which is why I wanted to make sure her first match was a Ladies game - the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium where Chelsea Ladies beat Notts County.

That cemented for her that GIRLS CAN PLAY as the FA's hashtag for encouraging more girls to play states #wecanplay. She knew that already but as her summer involved collecting Match Attack cards featuring all the male players, and, having been the only girl for so long on the football field, it was wonderful for her to have some heroines to admire and support.

Now she knows all the names of the best female players in the WSL and we watch the Women's Football Show each week. The Lionesses inspired a nation, helped to bolster the level of support and gain more mainstream media coverage for the sport and shone a spotlight the level of kinship, sportswomanship and camaraderie within the sport.

We want to thank every single Women's Football team player for inspiring her and the future generation of top notch sportswomen and call for more mainstream coverage for Women's Football (c'mon BBC, buy the rights from BT). We also want this incredible show of sisterhood to inspire women and girls in general to take note of the kinship and camaraderie that was on display - where women support and encourage and uplift other women rather than knocking them down.


Every player in the tournament is absolutely living our very own manifesto which includes the words:

"Be proud to be you. Be bold.Stand tall....

Play to your strengths. Rise to challenges...

Dream big. Then practice...

Nurture your dreams like seeds. Climb back up after you fall down."

Find out more about our manifesto, motto and mission here.

Order an A3 poster of the Climbing Trees manifesto here.