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

Create The Space sessions are free to attend. Join footballers, journalists, curators and experts as they explore key issues within the game.

The museum is working with Kick It Out and Football v Homophobia on the talks which are available to watch on Crowdcast.

Friday 19 February, 7pm


Hall of Fame inductee Lily Parr is one of LGBT+ History Month's Faces of the Year. In the first of our Create the Space talks, the National Football Museum teams up with Football v Homophobia to discuss LGBT+ identity in the women's game, how it has changed through the decades, and our collective responsibility to tell the stories of those players.

Panel: 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.

Register to watch here

Monday 8 March, 12pm


Football is one of the most popular (and lucrative) sports in the world, creating roles and opportunities on and off the pitch. So why do women often find themselves consigned to the sidelines? We discuss the historical and modern issues in two panel talks with Kick It Out.

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.

Register to watch here

Thursday 11 March, 8PM


It's almost been a full year since the pandemic forced clubs to close their turnstiles. Players are plying their trade in front of little more than cameras and club staff, while supporters remain unable to share the matchday experience in person. Our panel discusses the effect on the mental health of footballers and fans alike, 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.

Register to watch here

Create The Space more details.


Create The Space: LGBT+ Identity in Women's Football
Virtual Event
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Join broadcaster Jess Creighton and National Football Museum for a panel discussion exploring LGBT+ contributions and representation within Women's Football for LGBT+ History Month.

Create The Space: Twelve Months from the Terrace
Virtual Event
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A year on from when football was 'shutdown' by COVID, an expert panel will discuss the impact of COVID on mental health in football. This will focus on the mental health of both players and supporters, as well as football's response to the crisis, success stories and what more can be done.

Create The Space: Underrepresentation of Women in Football
Virtual Event
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Kick It Out and the National Football Museum are proud to announce that they have once more joined forces to provide a platform for individuals to share and discuss solutions to underrepresentation in the football industry.

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Whether you’re a football fanatic, planning family day out or visiting the great city of Manchester, the National Football Museum is the place share stories about everybody’s favourite game.



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