Arsenal Ladies welcomed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, to Meadow Park on Thursday for their Champions League tie with German side Potsdam.
The minister watched the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over the Frauen Bundesliga champions with the Ladies' general manager Vic Akers and FA representatives. She was given some background on the Ladies' set-up and history, while taking in what was a first-ever victory over German opposition for the women's side.
The visit came less than a week after the Double-winning Ladies showed off their Women’s Super League and Continental Cup trophies to an appreciative Emirates Stadium crowd at the Queens Park Rangers game. On that day the Club celebrated its Arsenal for Everyone initiative - recognising the equality and diversity of the Club and its fanbase.
Akers was pleased to be able to show the Secretary of State the central part that the Arsenal Ladies play at the Club."We enjoyed hosting the minister at Thursday's match and letting her know how we do things,” he said. “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."
Miller, who participated in the FA's 'Game Changer' announcement last week - when football's governing body unveiled a new five-year plan for the women's game - has been a keen advocate of the sport since taking on the Culture, Media and Sport brief in September. She said of the visit: “It was inspiring to see the high level of attendance at the game and even more so to see that broadcasters covered the match.
“Promoting women’s sport is vital and raising the levels of participation amongst girls and women is something the government is committed to achieving, so to be able watch matches like this is a real pleasure.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 2 Nov 2012