Oxford United manager Karl Robinson, who lives in MK, talks women’s football.
Since the England Women’s Football Team did so well at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, it is amazing how much women’s football has exploded in this country.
The Lionesses’ third place finish has transcended across all young women and inspired a new generation of female footballers.
When I go and watch football in Milton Keynes there are the same amount of women’s games going on as boys’ games, which is so inspiring.
For women’s football to be big, girls needed role models to look up to.
Ten years ago they didn’t have that, but now young women can see the Lionesses doing well on the world stage, the FA Women’s Premier League games on TV, and they now know they can have a career in football.
Girls can aspire to be fulltime professional footballers at top clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, and they can earn university scholarships in America too.
I just think it’s brilliant. A few weeks ago, I was on Talksport with the manager of Chelsea Ladies, Emma Hayes, and I’ve met some of the women who play for the Lionesses too.
Hearing their stories, it’s clear that the women’s game is not just huge in Milton Keynes, but right across the country.
Women’s football has become more commercial, which has resulted in more funding, which then increases the quality.
My daughter, Jasmine, plays for Woburn Lionesses and is now dreaming of becoming a football manager like me when she’s older.
Her route might be in women’s football but I’m sure that one day we’ll see a female manager in the Football League.
There’s no reason why it can’t happen as women have the education and development background, and the motivational skills.
Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean you are more in tune to motivate another man better than a female.
Going back to Milton Keynes, I think what John Cove has done with MK Dons SET is brilliant, with the integration of women’s football and the disability teams at MK Dons.
The future of the women’s game looks bright at all levels in this country.