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Dick, Kerr Ladies Walking Football Tournament

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To celebrate and commemorate 100 years of the greatest ladies football team of all time, a group of volunteers have got together to honour the hundreds of women who played for Dick, Kerr Ladies.  

The  Inaugural National Women’s Walking Football Tournament will take place on Sunday 2nd July, hosted by the University of Central Lancashire at the UCLan Sports Arena Preston and sponsored by the FA.

All proceeds from the tournament and pre-tournament dinner will go towards funding a permanent tribute in Preston.

They are also looking for support in funding this tribute and if you are interested in sponsorship from £250 please contact them at mail@dickkerrladies.com

Teams of 6-A-Side Women (squad of up to 9 women players with flexi-substitutions) in two age groups – Over 40’s and Over 50’s

The over 50’s teams must consist of over 50’s Women (with two women players under 50 permitted, but with only one under 50 on the pitch at any time). The over 40’s teams must consist of over 40’s Women (with two women players under 40 permitted, but with only one under 40 on the pitch at any time)

National Tournament Official Rules and more information here.

The night before the tournament there will be a Centenary Dinner (Saturday 1st July 2017) at Preston North End Football Club. The dinner will celebrate the Dick, Kerr Ladies and women’s football.

Tickets are priced at £35 and include a 3-course dinner, a drinks reception and lots of surprises! You can book via eventbrite or contact Gail at mail@dickkerrladies.com for a booking form.

In case any of you  have not heard of the  Dick, Kerr Ladies and their exploits, Gail Newsham has written a book entitled ‘A League of their own’ which is available from Amazon or you can find out more here.

It is really a fascinating story, and you cannot help wonder where the women’s game would be today if women’s football hadn’t been banned by the FA from 1921 to 1971.