Feminist football in London!

// 10 October 2010

This sounds great:

Feminist Fightback FC is a football team open to all self-defining women of all sporting abilities and all ages. Our team members include beginners working through their PE lesson traumas and experienced players who want to improve their skills. We are coached by two members of our collective who combine radical pedagogy with extensive experience of competitive football. We want to challenge women’s increasing alienation from our bodies by using the football pitch as a place to gain physical confidence, work as a team, acquire new skills and laugh a lot.

We meet every Sunday in Victoria Park, London (by the Approach Road Entrance) 11am-12.30pm. We combine skills training with a 5 aside match and will soon be competing with other teams.

Comments From You

Jen // Posted 11 October 2010 at 2:45 pm

That looks awesome, if I was anywhere near London I would be all over that like boring mystical bullshit on a management conference. Women’s alienation from their bodies is actually a cause I’m very attached to.

In fact, Pink Scare linked to an interesting article about gender equality in sports quite recently from the International Socialist Review. I think women are brought up to underestimate what we can achieve with our bodies – a year ago I couldn’t run a hundred yards without getting a stitch and feeling like death on a stick, but with a bit of training I’m now running half-marathons like they’re peanuts. There are huge implications in terms of how physically vulnerable we are, how much we can generally do with our days, who we can potentially kick the crap out of (or, you know, brawl with on an equal basis for laughs), and deeper-seated psychological and social stuff.

Unfortunately I don’t think there is anything like that over here, although there are a number of women’s boxing classes with names like ‘allez les filles!’, which can be a bit problematic when you’re being chivvied not only to perform well as a sportsman (to be expected in a sports class) but at the same time not let down the entirity of womankind. I think a lot of people have similar experiences – but one of the major reasons I was crap at sports for ages was because of a female PE teacher who thought the girls should do extra well not to let down their gender. By the end of the year she was so frustrated with me being crap at team sports she would actually take me out of the game and make me sit on the sidelines and tell me how useless I was. To this day, I’m slightly scared of 38-year-old women with Marseille accents (I think she got sacked though for kicking people who were scared of water into the swimming pool) (and then again, her poor performance as a teacher should not taint all female PE teachers by association either, but I do think the crap they have to put up with in teacher training must make them that bit harder to work with afterwards).

coldharbour // Posted 12 October 2010 at 9:26 pm

Any other Scottish girls coming to this?

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