Stephanie takes part in Pioneering Women's Football Match

As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on 4th October, Stephanie took part in the first ever 11-a-side game of the Women’s Parliamentary Football Club recently.

Facing Lewes FC Women, the match brought together parliamentarians from all sides of the political divide in what in what was their first competitive effort on 11-a-side pitches.

The game was won 4-2 by Lewes.

Despite it being their first game of 11-a-side football, this isn’t the first time the Women’s Parliamentary Football Club have made headlines.

Last year the Barnsley East MP received a ticking-off from House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, after playing football in the Commons chamber after-hours to promote the launch of the women’s team and sport for women. 

Despite the controversy, the local MP maintains the club is a great way of bringing people together.

Commenting, she said:

“Football plays a huge role in our community, and whilst we often focus on the differences between clubs and fans the sport brings people together from amateur games on a Sunday morning to Saturday afternoons at Oakwell.

“Whilst I won’t be running out for the Reds any time soon, it was great to have a kickabout with members from across the political spectrum and remind ourselves that even in these divided times we still all have more in common.”