As one of the oldest and most famous Golf Clubs in the world has caused controversy by refusing to admit women members, the largest provider of community sport in the UK has branded the decision as “a victory for inequality,” and has reassured women in Swindon that they will always be welcome in the town’s small sided football leagues.
Members at Muirfield Golf Club were unable to reach the required majority to admit women to the club yesterday, and a spokesman for Leisure Leagues was quick to add his condemnation to the furore saying: “It is a simply indefensible that women should be barred from playing sport in any fashion. It is absolutely ridiculous and archaic.”
Leisure Leagues has always adopted a policy of allowing women to play in its leagues, and reports seeing a huge increase in female participation since the world cup that gripped the nation last year as England reached the final.
This growth in women’s football has been exponential in recent years. The largest crowd in the history of the game watched the FA Cup recently – with Arsenal beating Chelsea by a goal to nil in front of a record crowd of 32,912 – with Leisure Leagues saying: “that is ample proof, surely of the way the world is going and even more reason to condemn the decision of Muirfield as a victory for inequality.”
Leisure Leagues are the largest hirer of community sports facilities in the UK and their leagues are open to anyone – male or female – as long as they are 16 or over.
The league in Swindon takes place at Abbey Meads School on Sunday.
To join visit www.leisureleagues.net