The next meeting of the F+Collective for female fans will focus on the topic of women in sports journalism, and take place online on Thursday, 9th September at 19:30 CET.

The evening will include interactive elements, including the much beloved “speed dating” (getting to know one another) and an open discussion at the end. The highlight, however, will be a panel discussion with three female sports journalists:

Georgia Bernardini is an Italian author, journalist, and passionate AC Milan fan living and working in Berlin. She writes several columns and hosts various podcasts on the subject of women in sport, such as Goleadora, which explores women’s football in Italy and beyond. Reflecting on her work, Georgia commented: “I played basketball for years and nowadays I’m a busy kickboxer, so I write mostly about boxing, basketball, and football, always with a feminist perspective.”

Sophie Cook is an English author and activist, as well as the first transgender woman to work in the Premier League as a television presenter.  She has been a fan of AFC Bournemouth since she was a child and now works as the club’s photographer. Sophie also enjoys watching Whitehawk FC, a local football club in her hometown of Brighton. Speaking about hate speech on social media, Sophie said: “The reality is, every time somebody attacks me, I get a hundred people standing up in my defence.”

Mara Pfeiffer is a German author, columnist, and podcaster. Her “heart beats for Mainz 05 and for making the world a better place.” Mara launched the Frauen reden über Fußball (Women talking about football) podcast along with other women in 2018. Explaining the purpose of the podcast, Mara stated: “Our focus? People who society classes as female in football, our view on the sport, and the fight against prejudice and misogyny. I regularly talk about football and its role in society, as well as football and feminism, at events and on discussion panels.”

If you would like to participate, please send an enquiry email to fplus[at]fanseurope.org.

The F+Collective is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and is open to non-binary and transgender people.

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