Maria Miller saw the ‘Double’-winning team in action at Meadow Park, Borehamwood, where she was hosted by Arsenal Ladies’ General Manager Vic Akers and FA representatives.
Mrs Miller watched the Gunners’ 2-1 victory in their Champions League tie with Potsdam, the Frauen Bundesliga Champions. She was given some background on the Ladies’ setup and history, while taking in what was a first ever victory over German opposition for the women’s side, in addition to meeting England Women’s National Coach Hope Powell.
Last week, Mrs Miller participated in the FA’s ‘Game Changer’ announcement, when football’s governing body unveiled a new five-year plan for the women’s game.
Vic Akers explained: “The Arsenal Ladies have come a long way since the team was founded back in 1985, and it was encouraging to hear Maria Miller’s enthusiasm for continuing to develop the sport.”
Speaking after the match, Mrs Miller said:
“It was fantastic to see the Arsenal women’s team get a victory against Potsdam, and I hope that they can complete the job over in Germany in the second leg. It was also inspiring to see the high level of attendance at the game - and that broadcasters covered the match.”
She added “Vic Akers and England coach Hope Powell gave me great insight into how the women’s game has developed in recent years, and this is something that I want to see continue. Promoting women’s sport is vital and raising the levels of participation amongst girls and women is something the Government is committed to achieving.”