Lionesses pen letter to PM asking for grassroots change after Euro 2022 triumph

England’s newly-crowned women’s team have sent an open letter to the next Prime Minister following their Euro 2022 triumph pleading for change.

The Lionesses defeated Germany 2-1 in a thrilling contest at Wembley on Sunday to land England’s first major trophy since 1966. And the team’s stars have all now signed a joint letter to Conservative leadership candidates Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak with the hope of sparking change in women’s football.

A powerful letter called for all young girls to have access to, and be able to play football in schools moving forwards, while stating that only 63% of girls are currently able to in English schools.

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The letter, released on social media, read: "Dear Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, On Sunday evening history was made. The dreams of 23 women came true. England became European champions for the first time in history.

"Throughout the Euros, we as a team spoke about our legacy and goal to inspire a nation. Many will think that this has already been achieved, but we see this only as the beginning.

"We want every young girl in the nation to be able to play football at school. Currently only 63% of girls can play football in PE lessons. The reality is we are inspiring young girls to play football, only for many to end up going to school and not being able to play.

"This is something that we all experienced growing up. We were often stopped from playing. So we made our own teams, we travelled across the country and despite the odds, we just kept playing football. Women’s football has come a long way. But it still has a long way to go.

"We ask you and your government to ensure that all girls have access to a minimum of two hours a week PE. Not only should we be offering football to all girls, we also need to invest in and support female PE teachers too.

"Their role is crucial and we need to give them the resources to provide girls’ football sessions. They are key role models from which so many young girls can flourish.

"We have made incredible strides in the women’s game, but this generation of school girls deserve more. They deserve to play football at lunchtime, they deserve to play football in PE lessons and they deserve to believe that they can one day play for England. We want their dreams to also come true.

"This is an opportunity to make a huge difference. A change that will impact millions of young girls’ lives. We – the 23 members of the England Senior Women’s Euro squad – ask you to make it a priority to invest into girls’ football in schools, so that every girl has the choice.

"Regards, The 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO England Squad."

A spokesperson for Liz Truss responded by acknowledging the lasting impact of recent weeks on women’s football. They stated the MP is “committed to investigating what prevents schools from delivering the recommended minimum of 2 hours PE per week” as well as looking at how best to “deliver” for girls in UK schools.

Her rival Rishi Sunak tweeted after the Lionesses’ win that they had “won the hearts of the nation”.

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