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Match of the Day’s first woman commentator hits out at teacher who made women play with hula hoops and boys football

Jacqui Oatley, Match Of The Day’s first woman commentator, become left “livid” these days after her young daughter and the girls in her soccer class were “instructed to head and play with hula hoops. The sports activities presenter discovered on Twitter: “My 7-yr-vintage daughter turned into looking forward to her football class this morning. When I picked her up, she said the boys could get the most effective pass to every other, so the teacher instructed the women to go and play with hula-hoops rather. Ridiculous.

She introduced: “I don’t recognize how sports activities educate specializing in running with youngsters can think they’ve achieved their process well there. Why are there even hula hoops at a soccer education club?! She cited that inclusivity must be a part of a sports activities instruct’s education, adding: “She signed up to a class called ‘football’ not ‘hula-hoops for the girls.’ Ms. Oatley, 44, a mother-of-two, later delivered that she had complained right away and the head of the children’ club had “apologized profusely” and stated it would not appear once more. The broadcaster came to prominence in 2007 when she became the primary woman commentator to see on Match of the Day, protecting Fulham vs. Blackburn Rovers.


She has because she emerged as a family name, paving the manner for a new technology of woman sports newshounds and commentators. She is a Women in Football ambassador and become awarded an MBE within the 2016 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting and variety in the game. The tweet about her daughter attracted more than 550 feedback, much-expressing astonishment or detailing their own similar experiences. As I watched Baylor and Notre Dame change late-recreation buckets on Sunday nighttime, a GIF of Becky “The Man” Lynch flashed on my Twitter feed. Moments later, a pal texted me to ensure I knew Mia Hamm would be attending the U.S. Women’s soccer game then that night.

Something hit me a few moments later: The weekend’s excellent moments — with the viable exception of the men’s Final Four — involved woman athletes and girls’ sports activities. From the NCAA women’s basketball semifinals and countrywide championship to Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair inside the significant event of WrestleMania, to girls making history at the golfing course at Augusta National and the ANA Inspiration, to some of the biggest names in tennis struggling with it out, to a handful of extra individual performances (oh hey, Kyla

Ross!) in the NCAA gymnastics regionals, to the U.S. Girls’ countrywide group celebrating the 99ers with a win in the front of more than 20,000 enthusiasts, the weekend had all of it. And frankly, news of Sabrina Ionescu’s choice to go back to Oregon for her senior year dominated the Twitter-sphere at some point as a minimum part of the (at instances snooze-worthy) guys’ semifinal recreation between Texas Tech and Michigan State.

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