University of Central Lancashire Women’s Football Conference

Rachel Brown-Finnis Invited to Speak At Women’s Football Conference

Burnley born Rachel Brown-Finnis is one of two former England International footballers who have been invited to take part in a panel discussion as part of the Women’s Football 2020 – A Field of Dreams conference. The two day event will be held at the University of Central Lancashire on the 27th & 28th May 2020.

Alethea Melling MBE, who is the joint-lead of the conference said, “The purpose of the conference is to connect the past to the present and provide a platform for shaping the future. The conference will be of interest to anyone involved in the playing, coaching or organisation of the women’s game, as well as those exploring the history of women’s football. We will be placing a strong emphasis on the engagement and development of young people, who will be invited to share their ideas and experiences.”

Sue Smith will be alongside Brown-Finnis at the conference, the former Leeds United and Doncaster Belles winger now a television pundit on Sky Sports and the BBC will be joined by a variety of experts including senior staff from the Football Association as well as Gail Newsham the world’s leading expert on the famous Dick Kerr Ladies.

During the conference, a world premier historical installation and exhibition of Dick Kerr Ladies memorabilia will be on display, this will including exclusive & previously unheard stories from the players involved in the women’s game from 1917 to 1965. Gail Newsham joint-lead of the conference added, “I am delighted to be part of this unique conference there is something here for everyone. It is important to inform others of our rich history and keep alive the legacy of the Dick Kerr Ladies.”

Coaching masterclasses will also take place during the two-day event, with special rates for volunteers, students and coaches. Stands and posters from organisations and clubs with an interest in the game will be welcome. All proceeds from the conference will go to the UCLan Dick Kerr Ladies Centre for Women’s Football Studies to focus on research and inclusion. It will help fund junior researchers, who contribute valuable insights into barriers faced within the women’s game.

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