Last month The FA organised a theatre production to mark Black History Month, which told the stories of three pioneering Black female players in the game.
Still We Roar was a 40-minute theatre show which highlighted the inspirational stories of Kerry Davis, England women’s first Black player; Hope Powell, England’s first female and Black manager; and Mary Phillip, England women’s first Black captain.
Their paths have crossed many times, most notably at the Women’s World Cup in Sweden in 1995, where the play is set.
The show took place at Wembley Stadium on Thursday 26 October, and was written by Naomi Denny and directed by Rasheka Christie-Carter – followed by a live Q&A with Kerry, Hope and Mary.
We were really proud to attend this invitation-only event, along with other community groups, former professional players, coaches and people working across the game.
Keah Forino-Joseph, the FA’s equality, diversity and inclusion officer, said:
“With all the excitement of the World Cup over the summer and the Lionesses winning the EUROs in 2022, we felt it was important to learn some of the history of the women’s game and to tell the stories of our pioneers who paved the way for the successes we see today”
Thank you to Keah and all at the FA for letting us share such a fantastic occasion!
Below are a few snaps from the event, courtesy of our Head of PMO – Darren Gormley and featuring Christian Mba who is Assistant Principal at our lead partner school – Kettering Buccleuch Academy.