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Lionesses fan Maxine Roberts explains why England Women's players are an inspiration

In this week's edition of 'What England Means, powered by BT' we hear from Maxine Roberts from Peterlee in County Durham, a member of our Lionesses Supporters Club. With Pride Month underway in June, she talks about her experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community supporting England...

Sunday 07 Jun 2020

I first joined the Lionesses Supporters Club last year, just before attending the game with Brazil at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough and I have to say it was the best match I’ve ever been to.

I’ve always loved football though and never really knew much about the women’s game as a kid, so when I became an adult and there was more exposure I preferred to watch the women’s game so much more.

I'd say I first became interested in the Lionesses in roughly 2005, when there was a bit more media exposure around the team under Hope Powell but as soon as I heard about the LSC, I joined straight away.

Maxine Roberts is a fully fledged member of the Lionesses Supporters Club

And the atmosphere at the game in Middlesbrough was so much better than the Sunderland AFC men’s matches I’ve been to and I have to say as a woman that was empowering.

For all the young girls there, it must have given them so much belief that they can be whatever they want to be.

It’s great to see all of the same sex relationships in the sport for the woman’s game that I hope the young people exploring the adults they will become won’t have to suffer the same prejudices I did when I was going through that very confusing time of my life.

All of the Lionesses are an inspiration for this country.

I watch every match I can and have to say it’s great to see so many woman from my area of the country playing at the top level. My biggest disappointment was when Sunderland AFC decided to no longer be fully professional with their women's team, even after providing the amount of talented players that they did. 



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