Kicking Off

Eve Ainsworth


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UCLan Publishing
3 September 2020
ISBN: 9781912979202
304 pages

From the publisher

The remarkable story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies is brought to young readers for the very first time by award winning and CILIP Carnegie nominated Eve Ainsworth.

Hettie has always known her place. From a young age she has been taught that girls stay at home and keep their ambitions limited. So despite being a good footballer, Hettie never dreams to take her love of the sport further. However, after the outbreak of world war one, everything changes. Suddenly women are called upon to fill the roles traditionally served by men. Hettie begins work at the local Dick, Kerr ammunition factory, having no idea what impact this will have on her life. She is introduced to other women who are bright, ambitious and fiercely independent – women who also want to play football. It’s not long before the Dick, Kerr girls are given an opportunity to show off their skills, but will they be accepted?

Is the country ready to embrace an emerging women only football team? And is Hettie ready to embark on one of the most exciting sporting adventures yet? The birth of the Dick, Kerr Ladies football team.