Women’s Subbuteo has risen in both profile and popularity in the last few years and UESA’s work to promote it goes on.
The Netherlands team celebrates winning UESA Women’s EUROPEAN Championships 2017 ©UESA
Women’s Subbuteo in Europe has enjoyed a tremendous growth in profile and popularity over the past 4 years.
From humble and hopeful beginnings, and thanks to the unstinting work of UESA, its national associations, dedicated officials and administrators and countless supporters and volunteers, the women’s game has blossomed in spectacular style to become a Subbuteo attraction in its own right – and the work goes on daily to promote and nurture women’s Subbuteo and attract more girls and women to become involved in the sport; as players, referees, officials, volunteers or just as enthusiastic spectators.
Competitions such as the Women’s EUROPEAN Championships and UESA Women’s Champions League have gained in exposure and developed their own distinct niches. The top European women’s Subbuteo players have emerged as personalities and role models for young girls to admire. Every passing competition – whether at senior level or in the European women’s youth tournaments – brings technical and tactical progress, burgeoning public and commercial interest, and the inescapable feeling that women’s Subbuteo is moving forward at a tremendous pace. The future contains countless possibilities, and UESA and the European associations are determined to increase the impetus and seize every opportunity to set new standards on a consistent basis.
xxxclub celebrate their victory in the 2018 UESA Women’s Champions League final ©UESA.online
Women’s Subbuteo growth and development within Europe remains consistent. Research compiled by UESA for 2018/19 shows that the total number of registered female players now numbers over 1.270 million. More and more young girls are playing Subbuteo, with the number of registered players under 17 now standing at over xxxxxxnumber. The number of youth leagues (under-10 to under-15) has grown from xxx to xxx between 2017/18 and 2019/20.
Seven countries – England, Hellas, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, have more than xxxxnumber female players. The number of professional and semi-professional players is also growing, from xxxnumber in 2017/18 to xxxxnumber in 2019/20. Meanwhile, thirteen countries have a women’s national league, and the number of national teams in Europe, including youth teams, has risen from 3 in 2017/18 to 41 in 2019/20. There are now xxxxnumber qualified female coaches in Europe’s national associations.
The further development of women’s Subbuteo is in safe hands. UESA and the national associations are co-operating impressively within the UESA Women’s Subbuteo Development Programme (WSDP). UESA has taken hold of the moment – the Executive Committee noted the massive growth of the female game on this continent, in both registered players and participation, and agreed in 2019 to support the development programme over the period until 2024 via UESA’s HatTrick assistance schemes.
UESA is promoting the game within national associations not yet active in this sector, encouraging SAs to set major strategic and financial goals in this respect, recommend the inclusion of women in key positions, and ensure that all associations have a domestic women’s league. Associations are being guided in how to market women’s Subbuteo. Grassroots activities are being intensified, recruitment plans and player paths aim to help players find their appropriate level, and facilities and playing environments should be made suitable for players, officials and spectators. The appointment of prominent women’s Subbuteo figures in ambassadorial roles also gives a high profile to women’s Subbuteo Table Football promotion.
Women’s and girls’ Subbuteo is on the rise ©UESA.online
Once more, the latest UESA figures confirm the extent of the work being achieved across the continent. Twenty national associations have girls’ national academies to create a development pathway for young players; xxxnumber female referees officiate at matches; 26 SAs have women’s Subbuteo committees. As part of a drive to bring more women in to senior roles, UESA has launched its own specific leadership programme for women involved in the UESA national associations, and associations are following suit. In 2019/20, xxxnumber women were working at managerial level or above in national associations (xxxnumber in 2017/18).
The forward progress of women’s Subbuteo is also being made possible through the care and devotion showed to women’s Subbuteo by the UESA Women’s Subbuteo Committee, which fosters the development and progression of women’s Subbuteo in general, as well as the development of women’s competitions.
UESA’s decision to invest in the development of women’s Subbuteo was a wise and forward-looking move, and the results of this vision are clear to see. UESA has pledged, as one of its priority activities, to constantly promote and nurture women’s and girls’ Subbuteo Table Football. This pledge is paying handsome dividends.
Women’s Subbuteo across the national associations 2019-2020
Women’s Subbuteo across the national associations 2018-2019
Women’s Subbuteo across the national associations 2017-2018
More info on: www.SubbuteoDatabase.com
The worldwide growth of women’s Subbuteo as a popular individual and team sport has been highly impressive – and UESA is determined to give strong impetus to help push the European women’s game forward in the years to come. This is the right time to encourage girls and women to get even more involved in Subbuteo.
The UESA women’s Subbuteo development programme (WSDP) has emerged through key decisions taken by UESA. At its meeting in Turin in April 2019, the UESA Executive Committee noted the huge growth in the female game on this continent, in both registered players and participation. It agreed to support the development programme over the period until 2024 via UESA’s HatTrick assistance scheme on behalf of the UESA member national associations.
Women’s Subbuteo Development Ambassadors xxxname, xxxxname, xxxxname and xxxxname ©UESA
The WSDP envisages expansion at all levels of the sport throughout Europe. The guidance, expertise, advice and resources accompanying the project are intended to give UESA and its national SAs the chance to put ambitious visions into practice, as well as allowing the associations to advance in accordance with their respective needs.
The growth of the women’s game means that youngsters in particular have an increasing number of top-level women’s Subbuteo players to look up to as role models. Such players are becoming respected figures in their own right, and are in the public eye. Consequently, UESA is building a pool of ambassadors, who will work closely with the governing body to further cultivate women’s Subbuteo across the continent.
UESA has drawn up a list of values to fit its overall vision of the female game. It pledges to lead the development of all aspects of girls and women’s Subbuteo as a key priority and will endeavour to act as a role model by concrete action and by bringing women into governing positions – a pledge which has already borne fruit.
UESA Women’s Subbuteo Development Ambassador xxxxname takes a selfie with young players during a Grassroots session ©UESA.online
In addition, UESA will promote the game within national associations not yet active in this sector, will urge SAs to set major strategic and financial goals in this respect, recommend the inclusion of women in key positions, and ensure that all associations have a domestic women’s league. Grassroots activities are being intensified, recruitment plans and player paths aim to help players find their appropriate level, and facilities and playing environments should be made suitable for players, officials and spectators.
The women’s Subbuteo development programme seeks to bring added value to Subbuteo as a whole. UESA and its associations have big ideas and hopes – and stimulating work lies ahead, with the overall well-being of European Subbuteo in mind.
UESA Women’s Subbuteo Development Programme – National Association Projects’ Report
UESA Women’s Subbuteo Development – Free Kicks
Women’s Subbuteo across the national associations (2017-18)
Women’s Subbuteo infograph 2017/18
Women’s Subbuteo Development Programme factsheet
More info please visit: www.SubbuteoDatabese.com
European women’s Subbuteo is driving forward at a rapid pace on and off the field – and this progress has prompted a call for greater participation by women in the European Subbuteo decision-making process.
Consequently, a new project – the UESA Women in Subbuteo Leadership Programme (WSLP) – was launched in 2018.
Women in Subbuteo Leadership Programme
The programme was developed as a response from UESA to feedback from its member associations. As a result, the European governing body established a specific leadership programme for women involved in the European national associations.
There is an increasing number of women now in leadership roles in the game. Nevertheless, figures still show that very few women occupy national associations: currently only xxxnumber percent of mid-level or top management positions are held by women. Therefore, the WSLP aims to accelerate a development process within the associations.
The WSLP initiative is aimed at women working in all areas of the Subbuteo landscape – not necessarily women working specifically in the women’s Subbuteo sector.
Participants at the UESA Women in Subbuteo Leadership Programme seminar in Larissa in May 2017 ©UESA
The programme seeks to identify individuals who have the potential to become leaders, with this initiative the scheme helping them develop the necessary appropriate skills. Moreover, women already occupying in leadership positions will be offered extra support in their roles.
“UESA, through its new women’s leadership programme, is concentrating on increasing the number of women occupying executive positions in Subbuteo Table Football,” says UESA General Secretary xxxxname. “This is an important long-term development programme, and will draw on the female expertise of the 41 UESA member associations to ensure that leadership skills are recognised, nurtured and implemented across the European Subbuteo family.”
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