Hey everyone My poem for day 10 of NaPoWriMo tackles the topic of women’s football. This is something I feel needs to be promoted a lot more than is currently the case, and I back my case by stating that the best young footballer I know happens to be female and is happy to be a girl. I say this only because I know of the sexist attitudes she has already had to face due to her passion for the so-called beautiful game. Personally I find it insulting that whilst the men’s game gets between four to six pages on a daily basis and at weekends and on Monday’s their own pullout supplements in what I loosely term our national press, our women’s game ,despite being far more successful receives far less coverage and in some papers it barely merits a mention. As for the TV coverage this can at best be described as a joke and I believe it is an embarrassment which proves that when it comes to sport real gender equality is a long way from becoming reality. Thankfully The National is reporting women’s football on a regular basis and I would like to congratulate the real voice of Scotland for it’s coverage of a sport long neglected and encourage it to keep up the good work. With my rant finally completed I can tell you the title of the poem is Fair Play. I hope you enjoy the read.
It’s seldom seen on TV screens
or covered by the press
though Glasgow City
play with the style to match the very best
every year they progress in the champions league.
yet nobody talks of their skills
our macho media still believe Football’s not for girls
Well pardon me but I think youll find
Our women are hard to beat
there higher ranked than our nation’s men
and Evans Little and Fleeting
should be household names to every Scot
as part of our sporting story.
our country should demand fair play
for the team who get goals but no glory.
@ Gayle Smith 2015