International women’s day is just around the corner and members of Women in Community Rail (WiCR) on Merseyside have organised a walking football match hoping to inspire inclusion.  

It is hoped the game in Bootle will help highlight the theme of International Women’s Day 2024 how digital technology in Liverpool on can be used to empower women and girls.  

Women in Community Rail was established in June 2016 to help support colleagues in the community rail family to work towards a more inclusive, tolerant and diverse membership, which is a true reflection of railway users and the wider societal make up. The aim for women in community rail is to have a voice from grass roots to board level, whilst brining everyone collectively on a journey to achieve change together. 

The football match was organised to bring countries together to tackle the important issues surrounding violence against women and girls in a fun and active way as well as raising awareness for Women in Community Rail.  

Mersey Sport Live spoke to the chair of the community Marion Atkinson as well as the support officer Jayne McLoughlin about the importance of events like this.  

Video created by Ollie Smith and Zoe Mcgrady