“The boots in my bag have kicked open a new door, There’s inspiration in my hand / And my girls are my band.”
Director Harry Bowley has released a new spoken word short film, centred around poetry and womens football. Set in Angell Town, Brixton, the film sees three thirteen-year-old girls, Maya, Kenza and Shalukah, learning about female empowerment through a curriculum that emphasises on female leaders and women who have changed the game throughout history, before going out to play a game of football. During a summer which saw the Women’s World Cup reach a record 17 million viewers in the UK, The Spirit of The Game captures a pivotal moment in women’s football and gives voice to young, female players in 2019; exploring what football means to them, whilst encouraging others throughout the country to take up the sport.
The poetry in the film was written by the featured young women themselves during a series of workshops, alongside the help of Young People’s Poet Laureate, Theresa Lola, and takes us on a journey from the classroom to changing room, with themes including race. religion and sexism.
Watch the film below…