Grassroots women’s football clubs ready for World Cup boost

Clubs such as Goal Diggers, which puts accessibility before ability, are struggling to meet rising demand

Polly Simpson, treasurer of the women’s football team Goal Diggers, has the simple task of posting the sign-up list for training and matches each week. But as the club has grown from a handful of players in 2015 to more than 150 now, Simpson’s administrative responsibilities can no longer be described as mundane.

Pitch space limits the number who can train to 60, and the list often fills up within seconds. “I get so stressed because I have to put it on at the exact right time,” the 25-year-old says. When one player realised what time it was, she jumped off a train and tried to get signal so she could sign up. “It’s like getting tickets for Glastonbury.”

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