Weʼre raising £15,000 to support and cover the medical costs for 3 Women’s Championship players in their recovery from long-term, reconstructive knee surgeries.
- London, UK
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Thank you first and foremost for taking time to visit our crowdfunding attempt and read more on our plight.
Unfortunately, after last Sunday's league game vs Leicester, our third player in less than 6 playing months was dealt an injury that will require reconstructive surgery to correct - with two players requiring ACL constructive surgeries and one player requiring PCL reconstructive surgery.
If you're a fan of the women's game, you'll know serious knee injuries are all too frequent in the sport and have plagued many a league and many a great player, with some forced to retire due to such injuries. To be clear, whilst we may play in the second highest league in the country, our medical resources do not reflect our status and are also part-time and in this particular instance, we have 3 of our regular team members all on the NHS waiting list for 3 knee reconstructive surgeries. In the past 3 years I've been with this team, I've sadly witnessed 7 players suffer serious knee injuries - with 6 of those injuries occurring whilst representing our team in the Women’s Championship.
The difficulty at this level is that such injuries often take the best part of a year to fully rehabilitate and enable the player to return to competitive football. Unfortunately, surgery is a requirement for the girls to return to competitive football. The cost of a knee ligament reconstruction conducted by a private consultant generally sits between £5,700 and £6,700. I appreciate £15,000 is a lot to conjure in order to help all 3 players, but whilst their playing career is heavily impacted, their personal lives are also penalised. This is due to most semi-professional players having a full-time job to accommodate and financially support their footballing careers. In this case, all 3 players are impacted - with 2 girls working as full-time sport coaches and the third player being self-employed.
For further context, all players are under the age of 25 and have previously represented clubs such as Man City, Everton, Brighton and Chelsea (as well as England youth teams) - with one player sadly rupturing her ACL for the 3rd time.
All players are in the progress of exhausting possible support avenues and are liaising with the PFA. The reason I appeal to women's football fans and good people alike is to proactively aid the girls in their recovery during this stage of potential negotiations. Unfortunately, one player - last year's Vice Captain - suffered her injury in February and is still awaiting an operation. As you can appreciate, following a lengthy wait for non-urgent surgery on the NHS (current wait is generally 18 weeks for non-urgent surgery), the girls will all begin an intense course of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The aim of this crowdfunding page is to enable the girls to return to both their professional and playing careers at the earliest opportunity, without suffering financially.
If anyone could be as kind to donate and share this appeal, we would all be incredibly grateful - and if any businesses, sponsors or health consultants feel they could assist on a larger scale, I'd be delighted to hear from you and put you in touch with the right people.
All the best,
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- 7 days ago
Emma Beckett7 days ago
What an amazing start! Almost £2,000 donated by 75 wonderful supporters in a matter of days - we're all so appreciative of your time, generosity and overall support. Keep up the great work :) Becks and the gang:)
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Oct 20, 2018
Hope you’re on the mend soon Paula sending our love and best wishes Nicky & Declan 😘😘
Oct 17, 2018
Good luck with the fundraising hope the players get the treatment they need soon and speedy recovery.
Oct 17, 2018
Oct 16, 2018
A little goes a long way xxxx
Oct 16, 2018
Good luck in raising the money
Oct 16, 2018
Oct 15, 2018
Hopefully all back playing again soon!
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