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England's Lionesses Meet With RAF Women's Football Team

As part of RAF High Wycombe's sports empowerment week, the Lionesses visited the base to speak about their experiences in the game.

The relationship between England Women's National Football Team has been strengthened with the RAF women's side.

As part of RAF High Wycombe's sports empowerment week, the Lionesses visited the base to speak about their experiences in the game.

Laura Bassett, who's an England Lionesses football player, has been playing with the national side since the early 2000s along with Rachel Unitt.

They say during their time within the sport they've noticed a significant shift in women's football. Ms Basset said:

"Football doesn't have to be your typical 11-a-side fixture, it can be in lots of different shapes and forms." 

Ms Basset added that there are many different roles within women's football, whether on or off the pitch, and she hopes that people will become more aware of them.

They hope their success at an international level filters down to the grassroots and alongside military representative football.

England's Lionesses Meet With RAF Women's Football Team
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Sergeant Michelle Harvey-Perkins said:

"The single service representative teams are an elite level single service sport. We run our camps as elite athlete schemes every time we meet up.

"We will probably be running similar camps at a similar standard, but the level of player is much different. But the fact that the girls are able to encourage and recommend that we play civilian football only really enhances us as a service.

"Not only does it get civilian and air force or military people combining, but it also enhances all of those things that sport brings which is resilience, values, teamwork, ethics - all those sorts of things."

For the RAF women, they have their biggest challenges coming up with the Inter-Services in March.