Skinner’s delight as fans flock to matches

Spurs coach says latest attendance records are ‘an important step forward’

Thursday, 7th April — By Catherine Etoe

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Rehanne Skinner

THE final match of the season will see the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium open its doors to the club’s women’s team – and head coach Rehanne Skinner could not be happier about it.

This past week has been a landmark one for the sport. Barcelona set new attendance records in women’s domestic and Champions League football when 91,553 fans packed the Camp Nou for their “El Clasico” quarter-final with Real Madrid.

And with the prestigious Wembley final among five matches to have already sold out for this summer’s UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, Skinner believes the demand is there.

“It’s such an important step forward,” she said. “You only get those record-breaking numbers when you’re in big stadiums, at the end of the day.

“The Barcelona and Euros final [selling out] shows how many fans are now interested in the women’s game.

“The Euros final, nobody knows who is going to be in it, but they still all want to go and watch, and that sums up the way that the game has moved forward.”

The Hotspur Stadium set the standards in the FA Women’s Super League in November 2019 when a record 38,262 fans turned out for the north London derby.

Leicester City on the final day of this season are a different prospect to high-flying rivals Arsenal, of course, but Skinner sees only positives. She said: “It’s another opportunity to really drive numbers and get a big fanbase through the door and keep raising the support.”

Tickets for that match on May 8 are now on sale through the club’s website.

Tottenham continue to chase a Champions League place, but their cause was not helped by a late 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Arsenal, knocked out of the Champions League by Wolfsburg last Thursday, temporarily regained top spot in the WSL on Sunday with a 5-0 win over Leicester. Chelsea returned to pole position later in the day, however, with victory over Reading by the same scoreline.

The WSL is on pause this week for the international break. Fans can catch England in action against North Macedonia on ITV4 tomorrow (Friday).

On April 12, England take on Northern Ireland and Scotland face Spain – those matches on BBC 2 and BBC Alba, respectively.

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