Girls' and women's football teams in the North East as Lionesses' Euros victory to create lasting legacy

History was made for England on July 31 at Wembley when the Lionesses were crowned European Champions after an exciting 2-1 victory against Germany.

And as the England Women’s squad calls for a Government committment to offer all girls the opportunity to play football in school, North East families have been flying the flag for the teams making a difference in their communities.

In an open letter to Conservative Party leadership hopefuls Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss this week, the Lionesses spoke of their victory as being “only the beginning” for the women’s game.

Hide Ad

They urged the party’s next leader – and therefore Prime Minister of the country – to stand up and make a difference by ensuring all girls have access to two hours of PE a week, at a minimum, as well as calling for investment and support for female PE teachers.

These changes, they say, will go towards helping girls’ dreams come true in sport.

Hide Ad

Sharing the letter on social media, the squad said: “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.”

Hide Ad
England players with fans during the England Women's Team Celebration at Trafalgar Square. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images.

With a number of the Lionesses having links to the North East region – including Sunderland-born Jill Scott, Alnwick star Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, who attended school in South Shields, and Golden Boot-winning Beth Mead, who previously played for SAFC Women – we launched a search for the region’s future stars by asking readers to shout out the teams supporting girls and women across the region.

Hide Ad

Here are some of the football teams recognised on our social media pages by readers:

Hide Ad
Lionesses' head coach Sarina Wiegmanspeaks during the England Women's Team Celebration at Trafalgar Square. Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images.
Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Hide Ad

This list is a snapshot of just some of the girls’ and women’s teams operating across the North East, as suggested by our readers. We’ll add more suggestions to this article as we receive them.