The England women’s football team qualified in style for next years world cup yesterday, with back to back victories over Switzerland and an aggregate win of 5-2. The team have shared mixed success in the past, reaching the world cup quarter finals twice and even a European championship final in 1984, and will be hoping to go one better next year in Germany. The great work of England’s football team is in-keeping with a very competitive summer for England in a range of women’s sports, a series of feats that would be more highly praised in the men’s game.
In the women’s rugby World Cup this summer, England made it to the final on home soil, narrowly missing out to New Zealand in the final. The GB womens basketball team qualified for next year’s Eurobasket tournament in Poland with a recent run of wins, and will also be looking to compete at the 2012 Olympics. England women’s hockey side have just picked up their first ever bronze for their part in the hockey world cup, and have risen to fifth on the world rankings, plus England netball go into next month’s Commonwealth games ranked 3rd and are tipped to do well.
The strong level of competitive achievement from England’s women are made all the more impressive by the sports being less high profile, with many of the players not full-time professional athletes or receiving the same coverage as men for their tournaments. Hopefully continued success for England’s women can help progress the team’s further and gain them more well-deserved support.