Hey guys! We're Amy and Laura and we’re the creators of an unfolding photography series called This Fan Girl.
We started This Fan Girl to celebrate all the female football fans out there. We’re a group that are not always depicted in a way that is representative of how diverse, passionate, interesting, opinionated, knowledgable and committed we are to the beautiful game.
There’s a media stereotype of female fans that is still rife (just search google images for female football fan), although it feels like it should have been relegated with Loaded and Nuts magazine long ago. An outdated idea of how all female fans look, a hangover from the 90s which needs to be rewritten for the modern game and champion the real women we see every weekend.
Over the last eight months - we’ve visited almost every football ground in the Premier league, with a final trip to Bournemouth pencilled in for April. We’ve stood out in the snow in Stoke, got absolutely drenched through in Southampton and spent hundreds on train tickets and burger van scran, but we’ve had an amazing season. We’ve been lucky enough to meet and photograph over 400 women. We’ve loved hearing about their connections with the game and their clubs, and bonding over shared experiences and a shared love of football.
The response to the project from all these women has been so positive and has really kept us going. It’s spurred us on through any doubts or lows to complete the series and to keep working away to shine a light on these women because we’ve still got a way to go until we’re positively represented in a way that is proportionate to our diversity and participation in the sport.
We want to put on an exhibition at the end of the season to celebrate the women we’ve photographed and say a HUGE thank you to the people who have supported us. And for the people who haven’t heard about what we’ve been up to, we want to share the body of work we’ve built over the last year, in person and not just through a screen.
We hope the event will bring together as many of the amazing women who’ve been a part of this as possible. We want it to act as a springboard for a community to form so that friendships and partnerships can develop, in the same way they have for us in creating this project. We've only just scratched the surface this season - we hope that hosting our exhibition will help us get the word out about what we're doing and allow us to carry on championing female football fans & women in sport over the next few years.
We need £3500 to host this. Turns out - printing is realllllly expensive, and hiring space is the same. We want to run our gallery in London for three days coinciding with the last games of the season in mid-May. We'd then like to follow this with an exhibition in Leicester for a couple of weeks - we've kindly been donated the space to host this at the LCB depot. Exact dates and times are still TBC, so keep your eyes on our project page and we'll provide more updates as we progress.
We’re hoping to raise the money for this in 30 days - you can donate as much or as little money as you are able, but we’d love for you to make it down for our opening night. Details of how you can pledge are above. Head to our website for further information on what we’ve been up to on This Fan Girl.
Risks and challenges
We've successfully secured space in Leicester to run the exhibition for up to a couple of weeks. We're trying to raise the remaining funds to pay the rest of the fees for the space hire in London, and to print the photographs.
Without your help the exhibition cannot go ahead this season. We eagerly anticipate your support in helping us to raise £3,500 to make sure we can throw an incredible exhibition and truly celebrate the female fan. If we're uanble to reach our target, your pledge will not be taken from your account.
If we are able to meet the target - we will look forward to you joining us at our London and Leicester exhibitions! If by any chance we over-reach our target, we will invest this money into our next seasons collection of photographs. We'd like to visit even more clubs in the UK, and work closer with female football players.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)