It’s International Women’s Day and there are so many positive things to take away from the last year both in the progress of our club and women’s American football in general. We’re so proud to be a club that continues to work, work, work each other – to build each other up, not tear each other down – and to see the empowerment and inspiration the women in this team bring forward to each other both on and off the pitch.
With this in mind, our fantastic sponsors at Physis wish to say a few words about what sponsoring our team means to them this International Women’s Day:
“On International Women’s Day, it seems fitting for us here at Physis to recognise the Valkyries once again. Being the only all-female team in Wales makes them stand out as a positive representation of the importance of women in sport, as well as what it means to be a strong woman. The Valkyries are an inclusive, non-discriminatory team who welcome all who identify as a woman. They truly embrace their womanhood both as individuals, and as a team, and they strive to make a difference in a sport which is predominantly male. It is for these reasons that today we are prouder than ever to sponsor this group of amazing women, and show our support for each and every member’s development and success. Happy International Women’s Day to the Valkyries, and everyone else who supports women, on this day, and every day.”
And of course, the team have some inspiring words to say about what football means to them, as a player, as a woman, as a team:
Football is somewhere I can be myself and no no one is judging me. I feel powerful when I play and that confidence translates into the rest of my life.
Playing American football with the only female team in Wales makes me feel proud. Proud to be a woman in a typically male dominated sport, but also proud to be able to show a side of me on the field that perhaps goes against the ‘norm’ of what it is to be a woman. It’s teams like the Valkyries and the inspiring players within it, that have shown me, and continually show other women and our future generation of women, that it’s okay to challenge the ‘norm’ and follow your heart to be whoever you want to be in life.
Being part of this team has been an incredibly powerful and empowering experience. I think one of the things I love about the team is not necessarily just playing, but seeing other women join the team and get more confident in themselves. You become part of something outside of yourself, and seeing these strong women work continuously to better themselves and each other is an incredibly humbling experience. Not only this, but having a woman coach in the team – and others looking to coach, too – is just an amazing thing.
Playing football has boosted my confidence beyond anything I imagined. And it’s wonderful to coach young women across other teams and empower them through a sport I love to boost their own confidence
American football is the thing I’ve wanted to do all my life, the motivation the team have for each other, everyone looking out for each other and having each other’s backs. Everyone plays a role to win as a team. I only played rugby because that’s the closest I could get to playing American football. And the progress females are making in sport, especially football with Toni Harris etc., I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
For the girls who are told that sport is for boys, the girls who are bullied because they play, for being too loud, too daring, apparently not good enough – This is your day
For the women who are told it’s not their place, not their pitch, not their voices that should be heard, that it’s unfeminine and embarrassing to see women in the game – This is your day
For the women who have found a place of belonging, sisterhood, and empowerment through this sport – This is your day
For the women who coach, referee, organise, the mothers, sisters, friends who support us all – This is your day
For the women who walked on dangerous waters to give us a platform to fight for the opportunities in this game and in this life – We thank you
For the women who continue to walk on those waters – We stand with you