Library Exhibition Celebrates Female Football

From Friday 22 April to Wednesday 4 May 2022, Barnstaple Library will be hosting an exhibition of photographs celebrating female football.

Alongside the exhibition there will be fun, football-themed family activities and a chance to meet and talk to some of the players, parents, coaches and club representatives.

Supported by an Arts Council England DYCP grant, photographer Amanda McCormack spent six months capturing images of Fremington FC’s female teams from the Wildcats, who start at five years-old, to the women’s team aged 16 and up.

Amanda said: “I wanted to show the strength and resilience of the girls' sport at grassroots level. I got much more than that. There have been many exciting moments but the quiet, off pitch scenes have also provided some beautiful images, telling the story of what grassroots sport is all about.

“The club really is a family (hashtag #FremmyFamily) and I felt welcomed into it. I found the story behind the women’s team inspirational and it really does sum up the ethos of the club.”

Fremington Women’s team coach, Jodie Dixon, added: ”The hope was that if we started a women's team the girls’ youth teams would see a future in football. They would see that football doesn’t end for them like it used to for us.

“What we didn’t expect was how big it would get and how much of a family we would become. The women on the team are an incredible bunch of ladies and will do anything to make sure women’s football is represented in the way it has always deserved.”

Senior Supervisor at Barnstaple Library, Lisa D’Alberti is delighted to be able to provide the venue for the exhibition, hoping to inspire more women and girls to take up football.

Supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals and local communities is one of Libraries Unlimited's core purposes and Lisa said: “The team here at Barnstaple are all very excited and full of ideas for activities to support Amanda’s Grassroots Girls exhibition.”

The Grassroots Girls project and exhibition has been supported using public funding by Arts Council England.