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The Charlton Womens team are featuring in a documentary on Women's football . . . read on for more details and for the link to the trailer
A Different League: Where Next in the Evolution of Women’s Football?
"My mentality was always wanting to play football and nothing was never, ever going to stop this" - Stephanie Houghton, Arsenal & England
A Different League: Where Next in the Evolution of Women's Football? is a feature length documentary focusing on the success, development and future of the women's game played in England.
Produced by Plus44 Films, A Different League joins women's football after the phenomenal success of the London 2012 Olympic games. With extensive access to leading figures within the women's game at the Football Association, as well as in-depth focus on Arsenal Ladies and Charlton Athletic Women, ADL kicks opens the door to women's football as never seen before.
"If I could sum up what the Olympics did for women's football in one word... It would be empowerment" - Andy Brassell, European football expert, BBC, ESPN, Talksport
Over a six-month production period, ADL follows Arsenal Ladies, undoubtedly the most successful England women's side in history, as new manager Shelley Kerr prepares to defend their Women's Super League title, and win the UEFA Women's Champions League in their home city of London.
Interviews with England internationals Stephanie Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and England's highest-capped player, Rachel Yankey will give the viewer an unrivalled insight into the lives of these players and the sacrifices made to climb to the highest level of women's football. Along with first team manager Shelley Kerr, they talk about their past experiences playing the game, and where they see it progressing to in the future.
"I joined England when I was 12 and I think as soon as that happened… I knew that was a massive career" - Jordan Nobbs, Arsenal and England
ADL also follows Charlton Athletic Women, managed by Bill Long and captained by former England Under-23 international Kim Dixson, as they claim the London FA Women's Cup with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win over Arsenal. ADL gained exclusive access to Charlton Women's Premier League fixtures and training sessions, and interviewed Bill Long, Kim Dixson and first-team regulars Rosie Paye and Courtney Gibson who give further insight into being a part of the FA Women’s Premier League.
Following the opening of the England national team's new training facility at St George’s Park, ADL speaks to England manager Hope Powell on her life in football and the progression the game has made in that time, along with a look to the future from the FA's Head of Girl's Development, Rachel Pavlou.
Finally, ADL asks the question of what more can be done to help gain exposure the women's game so desperately needs. Talking to Andy Brassell, a European football expert for BBC, ESPN and Talksport; freelance sports journalist Natasha Henry and sports media branding expert Grant Campbell, ADL discovers why we don't see more women's football on our screens and what needs to be done to change this.
A Different League is a Plus44 Films production. Directed by Jack Ford, founder of Plus44Films, and Written and Produced by Jamie Whitehead, Broadcast journalist at the BBC. Follow them on Twitter: @jckfrdplus44 / @jamiewh_
To view A Different League trailer: http://vimeo.com/plus44films/adl-official-trailer
The trailer features the voices of Stephanie Houghton and Jordan Nobbs, England and Arsenal players; and Andy Brassell, BBC, ESPN and Talksport journalist.
A Different League will be released in July 2013, prior to UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals and features:
Stephanie Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Rachel Yankey England and Arsenal teams; Shelley Kerr, Arsenal First Team Manager; Hope Powell, England Manager; Rachel Pavlou, FA National Women’s Football Development Manager; Bill Long, Manager of Charlton Athletic Women; Kim Dixson, England and Charlton Athletic Women’s teams; Rosie Paye and Courteney Gibson, Charlton Athletic Women’s team; Eniola Alouko, Chelsea Ladies team; Andy Brassell, BBC, ESPN and Talksport journalist; Natasha Henry, freelance sports journalist; Grant Campbell, Branding Expert; Jen O’Neill, Editor of She Kicks magazine; The Football Ramble, podcast... And a superfan called Maria.
For more information, stills from the film, or to arrange an interview with A Different League, please contact Sarah Gartside on +44 7981 308 194 / firstname.lastname@example.org