A FOOTBALL table with only female players has been installed at the Rose and Crown pub in Stratford.
The specially commissioned football table has taken pride of place at the Sheep Street pub to mark the Women’s Euro 2022 football tournament.
And the bespoke table, featuring only female playing figures, is the latest step in pub group Greene King’s ongoing support for female sports teams. It follows its commitment to screen Women’s Euro matches at its pubs.
The Rose and Crown has added a monetary mechanism to the football table, and it costs £2 for a half hour session, with all money raised being donated to Women in Sport, a charity which aims to use sport to empower women and girls.
A recent survey carried out by Greene King, which polled 2,000 people, found that 70 per cent believe there is a lack of awareness and support for women’s sports teams compared to men’s.
Wendy Hawk, Head of Engagement and Communications at Women in Sport, said: “We are delighted that Greene King has chosen our charity as part of this campaign to recognise the value of women’s sport whilst claiming their part in raising visibility across local communities.
“The shocking statistics do not surprise us. We hear time and time again how women and girls want to celebrate female elite sports stars and yet cannot easily access the opportunity to do this.
“Seeing a new generation of female role models on our screens will inspire women, girls and families to experience the joy, fulfilment and life-long benefits that sport can bring”.
Recent reports from the BBC highlight that viewership of female football has risen by over 140 per cent in the first half of 2022.
Anthony Blake, General Manager at Rose and Crown, said: “We’re excited to have a bespoke female-only football table installed at Rose and Crown. Not only will it help raise awareness and support for women’s sports, but it will also help raise money for Women in Sport.”