In addition to being a top scorer, now also an author. Tessa Wullaert, player of Anderlecht and the Red Flames, presented her new book “Women’s Football” in the Lotto Park. She especially hopes that it can be an inspiration for young girls to pursue their dream.
The book has a double approach. On the one hand, the history of women’s football is discussed, which had quite a bumpy course.
From players with pseudonyms in the nineteenth century to a fifty-year ban between 1921 and 1971 to a first World Cup with matches of eighty instead of ninety minutes. Journalist Pieter-Jan Calcoen was responsible for this part.
On the other hand, there is the contribution of Tessa Wullaert, who wants to be a source of inspiration for girls who want to play football.
In her book she talks about her way to the top, which was not always a bed of roses.
“When my youth coach moved to Cercle Brugge and took his best players with him, there was no place for me,” says the triple Golden Shoe. “Not because I wasn’t good enough, but because I was a girl.”
In Belgium, folding football is looked down upon
According to Wullaert, football in Belgium is still focused too much on boys and too little on girls. It is not possible to make a living from football. The ladies earn a fraction of what the men get. Women’s football is still often looked down upon.
“I know of clubs where girls have to make room for the boys when they are in the gym, for example,” says Wullaert. “That’s how you send the message: they’re only girls. I hate that. Equal treatment is the absolute minimum.”
Wullaert hopes that different eyes will be opened: “Because we also deserve our place in football, at the same level as the men.”
Tessa Wullaert with author Pieter-Jan Calcoen.
Advocate for equal treatment and recognition with men
“When Tessa and I got the idea to make a book about women’s football, we hadn’t delved into the history of the sport yet,” says author Pieter-Jan Calcoen. “Once we did that, we went from one surprise to another.”
calcoen is pleased that they can now introduce those stories to the general public. †Hopefully this book can give the sport a boost, because the players deserve the same treatment, attention and recognition as the men.”