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City host women's Raise Your Game event at the Etihad Stadium

  • 11 November 2013 16:10
  • Posted by @MCFC

As part of Kick It Out's 'Season of Action', the Etihad Stadium hosted the women's-only Raise Your Game event to inspire and encourage women to succeed within the football industry.

With a selection of keynote speakers, one-on-one mentoring sessions and a coaching masterclass, the event - led by key figures at Manchester City - was separated into two parts: one focusing on women who already work within football and another on women who are looking to break into the field.

Hot topics at the event consisted of the barriers that women face within the sporting workplace, along with tips and advice from experienced individuals on how to overcome such issues.

Overall, the day was deemed a success and those who attended were quick to note their enjoyment on Twitter:

Just one of the highlights of the day was an inspirational speech, delivered by Maria Bobenrieth of Women Win. Having flown over from Amsterdam that morning, Bobenrieth spoke of her experiences of researching women's football globally and the hardships that many women have to face on a daily basis to be able to participate in the sport they love.

Other guests in attendance included Anna Thompson and Shelley Alexander of the BBC, along with professional footballers Toni Duggan, Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney and Meg Harris.

After lunch, City Ladies' Head Coach Leigh Wood delivered a coaching masterclass to those women eager to improve their footballing skills.

Club journalist Nicola McCarthy attended the event. As a female working within a football club already, she opened the speeches, deeming the event "very important for City". She went on to discuss how the Club are striving to promote the work of Kick It Out.

You can watch Nicola's speech below.

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