History KS3 / GCSE: Women and football in World War One

Kate Adie narrates an in depth look into the start of women’s football.

With archive and contemporary footage juxtaposed, we see how women’s football became a part of society, and in turn, the war effort; many of the games raising thousands of pounds for the soldiers and war charities.

The Blyth Spartans team is a particular focus and their star player: Bella Reay; who was recognised for her sporting skill with a medal.

The differences in the ways women were treated compared to men are also considered.

Teacher Notes

Pupils can highlight and discuss how far social attitudes towards class remained during the war, despite the changes in gender politics.

This might be part of a wider investigation into the social impact of World War One.

Curriculum notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History at KS3, KS4/GCSE, in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also at Third Level, Fourth Level, National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA GCSE and SQA.

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How the first women gained the right to vote in 1918
How women joined the war effort in World War One
Women in medicine and health in World War One
The rise of the girls' night and the first women's police force in WW1