Here’s What Went Down at Chivas’ Weekend of Women’s Football in Manchester
Regal FC closed out International Women’s History Month with a women-led takeover of Old Trafford
Over the weekend, Chivas joined forces with Manchester United to host a two-day celebration of women’s football, closing out Women’s History Month with a bang.
The weekend kicked off with a training session hosted by Manchester United Women’s coaches a day before the Red Devils took on West Ham in their Women’s Super League fixture.
Coaches from grassroots teams around the country, including Manchester Laces and Grenfell Athletic, were invited to participate in the session where they were given access to the club’s training facilities before leaving with a certificate of participation that recognised their professional-standard workshop.
The following day, the celebrations moved to Old Trafford where Chivas took over executive suites and got the party started courtesy of an R’n’B DJ set, an assortment of whiskey-based cocktails and a world-class buffet – shoutout to the roast potatoes. But the day’s main attraction was the first-in-class panel discussion hosted by SEASON Zine’s founder and Editor-in-Chief Felicia Pennant, who spoke with TRUK United founder Lucy Clark, Goal Diggers Podcast host Moyo Abinoa and This Fan Girl’s Danielle Harper about their experiences in the football space and how the sport can improve in terms of gender and racial inclusion and equality.
Following the panel discussion, attendees descended on the South Stand to witness United beat West Ham in a 4-0 thriller to go top of the league. After the match, Pennant sat down with players Maria Thorisdóttir and Lisa Naalsund, as well as Manchester United’s Head of Women’s Football Polly Bancroft, to talk about the significance of having the club’s women’s team regularly play at one of football’s most historic grounds.
Take a look at the weekend recap below, images taken by Dante Kim and Sophia Carey.