Some key points and questions were made. Susan Allen explained the parallels between business and sport, for example: leadership, communication and common goals.
Santander are dedicated to supporting universities and challenging equality by promoting ladies’ football with events such as this one.
Maria Teixidor believes that the next generation shouldn’t label footballers by gender. This is supported by FC Barcelona’s recent campaign which highlights:
“Football is not for girls, nor for boys, football is for footballers.”
There needs to be a change
Shockingly only 1% of sponsorship goes towards women’s football, which doesn’t correlate with the 40% of football supporters who are women.
Manroop Khela said:
“Remember how you feel right now; remember the change you want to see and when you get the chance, go and change it.”
Laura Ràfols finished off the conference by saying:
“If you believe, people will follow. Set an example.”
After the event we had a cocktail party followed by dinner with the panelists and fellow captains. This gave us the chance to ask questions in a social setting as well as learn different perspectives from other captains.
It was amazing meeting other captains and we all instantly had a bond. I have gained friends for life brought together through football.