Today marks International Women's Day, and Cheltenham Town will be celebrating women and their role in football.
The Club and the Cheltenham Town Community Trust recognise and celebrate those who have helped drive change and create an environment for future women and girls to follow, on and off the pitch.
The Club know the importance of being as inclusive and diverse as possible, and Chantelle Goldsworthy and Daisy Tatum from the Trust have been helping Cheltenham Town become exactly that.
Goldsworthy is the Education Lead at CTFC CT, and believes attitudes are changing since she was first working in football.
"100% attitudes have changed, more so in the last 12 months but certainly since I was playing as a teenager it is now encouraged, celebrated and the norm. Lots of girls in schools want to play and be involved, young boys see it as normal and enjoy watching it too and we are seeing and hearing about it all at the top level more and more.
"Working for the Trust is great because it is a very tight knit team, so we all know each other really well which is awesome and I have a really good working relationship with all the guys that work for us!"
Goldsworthy has worked for the Trust since 2015 and has helped grow the program they run, as well as helping the Club stay connected with the community.
"I also feel very lucky that the guys who work here are very proactive with getting girls involved in football and we as female members of staff feel heard and valued the same as the guys, which I know not all places of work would be like that," said the Education Lead.
The Cheltenham Town Community Trust support girls on the importance of education, participation and their health and wellbeing through school visits and their own holiday camps.
"Everything we offer is for both genders, so we are seeing growth in girls' football all the time. Our holiday courses have seen a huge growth in girls attending, which is awesome, but we are also trying to get more girls involved at the older ages as well.
"With me and Daisy at the Trust I think we also do what we can to be a face for that and encourage anything we can for girls to be part of what we do."
Tatum is a Community Coach for the Trust, and has been helping the Trust provide more opportunities for young girls to get involved with football.
"We have been trying to grow the girls side more by providing girls only holiday camps and after school clubs, which has shown an increase in their attendance. By providing these new opportunities it is giving girls the chance to play football with other girls rather than just boys. It is also great to see that we are trying to increase the opportunities for older girls as well," said Tatum.
"I find working in and around a League One club great. The team of staff we have in the Community Trust is fantastic and everyone is very respectful towards the female staff. Also, when we have ideas then we are listened to which makes us feel valued within the organisation."
On Saturday, 18 March at 6:30PM, the Cheltenham Town Ladies team will play their Southern Premier Division fixture against London Bees at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium after Wade Elliott's side take on Exeter City the same day in an exciting Double Header.
Supporters are encouraged to stay behind to support and celebrate the Robinesses who are enjoying their highest ever league position following a league and cup double last season.
A reminder as well that the Non-Profit Organisation Her Game Too are looking for a Cheltenham Town ambassador to become the main point of contact between ourselves and the organisation.
If you'd like to apply, then please email email@example.com if you're interested. Stay tuned for a lot of exciting news coming up in the near future.