MPs celebrate new women’s football team with keepy-uppy challenge in Commons

There are crowds of people cheering, jumping up and down on their feet – and inevitably someone gets accused of using something as a “political football”.

But a group of MPs decided to take the comparison one step further by doing keepy-uppys in the famous room to celebrate the creation of a women’s lobby football team.

The SNP’s Hannah Bardell was filmed managing 10 taps off her foot and knee between the green benches usually occupied by people in smart dress.

Proudly displaying shirts of the same shade, five MPs, including the ex-sports minister Tracey Crouch posed in the chamber.

The team have secured sponsorship and are setting up matches with other teams across the UK.

An occupational hazard if you’re an MP, they had to cancel a game on Tuesday night with Crawley Old Girls to be in parliament for votes.

“Football has long been the domain of men but it’s a sport that women and girls enjoy and excel at the world over,” Ms Bardell told Sky News.

“It’s therefore really important we reflect that across MPs, staff and journalists and give them the same opportunity to network and enjoy the sport.”

She added the video was “a fun way to show that whilst there is much division on many issues sport and football is something we can all agree on and have some fun with”.

Labour MP Alison McGovern also told Sky News “women of my age were often never given the chance to learn to play the beautiful game”.

She added: “There has been a men’s football team for a long time – and some women MPs once were able to play for it – but we felt it was time for a women’s team.”

2018-11-21T10:54:08+00:00By |

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