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Charlie Bill: EFL Women’s Weekend

We spoke with MK Dons Women's manager Charlie Bill, ahead of this weekends upcoming EFL Women's event...

4 March 2022

MK Dons Women’s manager Charlie Bill spoke with iFollow MK Dons ahead of this weekend’s EFL Women’s event

Charlie Bill expressed his thoughts on how events such as the upcoming EFL Women’s weekend and the Women’s EURO’s this summer has helped to achieve growth within Women’s football, not just in England but around the world:

“I think the growth of Women’s football has been fantastic, to have that spotlight on us for this weekend and the excitement of what that can bring us.

“Especially with the Women’s EUROS coming up. Hopefully that can bring in a bit of exposure and revenue for clubs.

“It can obviously bring in spectators. Ideally then it will help continue the longevity of that support from them, after coming to support their first Women’s game.”

He also commented about his own personal experience within Women’s football:

“I first started coaching eight or nine years ago in the Women’s game, the growth within that short space of time has been massive.”

With the upcoming Women’s EURO’s taking place this summer, Stadium MK will host four games from the competition including the Semi-Final. When questioned about how this can have a positive impact on female players within the Milton Keynes community, Bill had this to say:

“I think that’s massive. Our players have their aspirations, they want to get us to the best place possible, but they also want to play at the highest level possible.

“There are some tier three players that will potentially be involved in the EURO’s

“I was sorting out my tickets, because you want to be able to see the best players in the women’s game. It will be fantastic to see national Women’s players running out here at Stadium MK.

“The pleasure of Seeing four games being played here, at our own stadium. It will be such an amazing occasion for everyone”

The Women’s manger was then later questioned on how events like this weekend’s EFL Women’s event and the Women’s EURO’s will improve the development of Women’s football at a younger age. He commented:

“Hopefully it will encourage a greater number of young females to play football, whilst also increasing the number of football fans within the Women’s game.
“We have a number of our own young players that progress through our system from U10’s and U11’s all the way through to achieving being a professional Women’s footballer.

“Hopefully this is something that continues moving forward, because the development has been fantastic these last few years.”

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