CuWire Studio Designs for Girls Football
The FA has recently made huge strides in creating opportunities for women and girls to play football. According to them ‘football is now officially the biggest female team sport in England. Last season over 147,000 female players competed in affiliated league and cup competitions’
So, what is the link with graphic design and football? Every football club have their own logo which is used in all club merchandise and worn on the shirt by the players. One of the most famous and recognisable logos in football is that of the FA. The three-lion’s emblem has been worn on the England football shirt since 1872 when they played the first international against Scotland. The lions have a history going back to the 12th century, when a standard with three gold lions on a red field was carried into battle to inspire the troops. Henry I, Henry II and Richard the Lionheart all used lions on shields and in family crests. So, when the FA was formed in 1863 it seemed natural that their logo was based on this history. The design has only since been changed once, this was in 1949 and the crown that was on top of the lions was removed to differentiate the badge from that of the English cricket team.
Whilst here at the Copperwire Studio we can’t claim to have had anything to with the logo design for any of the premiership football teams, we have recently worked alongside the West Riding Girls Football league to design them a new logo to help support our local girls football teams. The West Riding Girls Football League was launched in 2002 to encourage girls to get involved with the sport of football, they currently run U7’s through to U16’s at 5 a-side, 7 a-side, 9 a-side and 11 a-side, depending on the age group. The FA has an objective to double girl’s football participation by 2020 and the Girls Football League focuses on playing football in a fun, engaging and safe environment. Copperwire also created a banner for the WRGFL which is displayed at the A1 Football Factory who offer free girls football galas every Saturday from October to March. Visit www.wrgfl.com for more information about these.
In addition to the WRGFL logo Copperwire have also created new logos for the Harrogate and District League, the Yorkshire U18’s and our local girls only football team the Pontefract Wildcats. We also helped the Wildcats promotional campaign by designing and supplying them with leaflets and posters.
The CuWire Studio fully supports the FA’s Gameplan for Growth and any girls wanting to get involved in football can visit www.wrgfl.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information – even Disney is getting on board teaming up with the England’s Womens Football team and launching their #dreambigprincess campaign. #thisgirlcan #togetherwearefootball