National Football Museum tackles representation, identity and mental health

The National Football Museum is running three online Create The Space events discussing representation, identity and mental health in football.

Footballers, journalists, curators and experts will be exploring the key issues in football.

The museum is working with Kick It Out and Football v Homophobia on the talks.

These sessions are free to attend and watch on Crowdcast.

Friday 19 February, 7pm


In the first Create The Space talk, the National Football Museum collaborates with Football v Homophobia to discuss LGBT+ identity in the women’s football, how it has changed through time and the collective responsibility to tell the story of those players.

The panel includes: Sky Sports presenter Jess Creighton (host); England and Aston Villa defender Anita Asante; Crystal Palace goalkeeper and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Goal Diggers FC, Chloe Morgan; National Football Museum Curator of Women’s Football, Belinda Scarlett; Director of Pride Sports, Lou Englefield; co-chair of Proud Lilywhites, Chris Paouros.

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Monday 8 March, 12pm


Football is one of the most popular sports in the world.

It creates roles and opportunities, both on and off the pitch but why are women pushed to the sidelines?

This talk will discuss the historical and modern issues in two panel talks with Kick It Out on International Women’s Day.

Looking Back Panel: Kick It Out Raise Your Game Co-ordinator Crystal Davis; Leicester City Women captain Holly Morgan; National Football Museum Curator of Women’s Football, Belinda Scarlett.

The Present Panel: Kick It Out Game Changers Zuleikha Chikh and Maria-Jose Martinez; freelance journalist Renuka Odedra; National Football Museum’s Jessica Furness.

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Thursday 11 March, 8PM


It has almost been a full year since the pandemic forced clubs to close their turnstiles. Players have been playing in front of a little more than the cameras and club staff while fans reminisce on the match day experience.  This panel will discuss the effect on the mental health of footballers and fans, the game’s response to events and what more can be done within the game.

Panel: Heart’s Emil Franchi (host); Crystal Palace Women forward Amber Keegan Stobbs; FSA Chief Executive Kev Miles; Get Your Head in the Game author Dominic Stevenson; cognitive behavioural therapist and writer Saiqa Naz.

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