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Belfast Ladies amateur football team: ‘It’s a bunch of mummies and older ladies having a kickabout together’

This summer at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 our eyes will be on the Northern Ireland women’s football team, but there’s plenty happening at grassroots level

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Ashlene Bustard who plays for Belfast Ladies, training with her kids Patrick and Charlotte at their home in Lisburn

Ashlene Bustard who plays for Belfast Ladies, training with her kids Patrick and Charlotte at their home in Lisburn

Ashlene Bustard who plays for Belfast Ladies, training with her kids Patrick and Charlotte at their home in Lisburn

Making history by qualifying for the championships for the first time, the NI team are blazing a trail for women’s football — opening up opportunities in the game for future generations.

Many are unaware that it’s a sport women were banned from playing for 50 years — the FA in England deemed it “unsuitable for females” in 1921 — so it’s unsurprising that women’s football has faced many challenges and hurdles along the way.


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