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Looking back on International Women’s Day and Livergirls International 2020

Updated: Jul 28, 2020


It’s been a while since I have checked in and it’s been a crazy few months with the world on lockdown during this COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to know how everyone is doing. These are some crazy times, so I decided to finally blog about some of the fun times in Liverpool which feels like a lifetime ago.

In early March, I was packing my bags and heading back to Liverpool for another exciting trip to my home away from home. This is my annual women’s trip that is focused around International Women’s Day. One-year prior, on March 8, 2019, Livergirls International was launched in Liverpool in honor of International Women’s Day with women coming together all over Europe and as far as the United States and Canada. I feel privileged to have been there in the beginning and it’s an honor to be on the committee of this campaign headed up by and mastermind behind it all, writer, author, and motivational speaker - Ragnhild Lund Ansnes. Her vision for Livergirls International was aimed to bring awareness to football and to contribute to diversity, equality, and empowerment to female fans worldwide. The focus is to create a stronger network to female fans while sharing ideas, bonding, making new friendships while discussing Liverpool with female reds.

One year later, on March 8, 2020, women came together once again to up meet in Liverpool for the second annual Livergirls International event and this year it was even bigger and better. I had high expectations and I knew it would a great event, but I was blown away! There were well over 100 women representing. Of course, there was a large crowd from Liverpool, but also many who traveled from Norway, Sweden, Northern Ireland, France, Jamaica, Ireland, Canada, and the United States.


The Livergirls take over Anfield

We Are Liverpool, This Means More

It was an incredible day starting off with a “behind the scenes” tour of Anfield and the Liverpool museum with the ladies, a bit of shopping at the LFC’s megastore, followed by a garden party at Hotel Tia only 200 meters away from Anfield. Things moved inside and the ladies enjoyed a few cocktails and listened to several inspirational women speak including the talented photographer, Emma Case (eldest daughter of LFC legend Jimmy Case). She spoke about a project that is near and dear to her heart called The RED Archive.  As stated on her website, Red is a series that celebrates the dedication and passion of Liverpool supports.  She encourages fans to share their stories and photos and be a part of this on-going project.  She plans on touring the county sharing the photos and story along the way once the renovations of the vintage caravan are complete.  I can wait to see it when it is finished. You can find out more about Emma and her projects at www.redportraits.com and www.emmacasephoto.com. There were also live musicians performing and we all sang Liverpool songs and danced around in the downstairs bar at Hotel Tia with a replica of the Champions League trophy in tow. I am pretty sure everyone had a blast.  I know I did. 

And let me talk about the 3-course meal, the main event hosted by the one and only Ragnhild and what a treat it was.  The food was incredible, but the evening speakers were the icing on the cake.  The CEO of Liverpool Football Club, Peter Moore who had supported the campaign since its inception, former Liverpool FC Captain - Phil Thompson, Liverpool FC Women’s Manager, Vicky Jepson and Lizzie Doyle from the award-winning Anfield Wrap shared stories that had the audience hanging on every word.  The Speakers were so inspiring, filled with hilarious stories and very personal moments but I must admit one of my special moments of that night was when Vicky Jepson was sharing her story and she saw me in the crowd and said hello to me.  That was so awesome of her and I will never forget that.  She is someone I have been following on social media for quite some time but had never met in person before that night.  It was a specular evening.  After dinner was over, the music began. We danced for hours and the famous Voice of Anfield, George Sephton was our DJ for the night.  Can it get any cooler than that?  I can’t thank Ragnhild enough for making that night so special for all of us.  You could not ask for a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

In thanking her guests, Ragnhild Lund Ansnes had said, “I will never forget International Women’s Day 2020, when we made history in Premier League and Liverpool FC, kickstarting International Livergirls to strengthen the networks, platforms, and confidence among female LFC fans. To see all the joy, feel the energy and be given so much gratitude from you ladies last night will always stay with me and encourage me to take this campaign to the next level.”



I can’t wait until next year’s event in Liverpool and watch this group of extraordinary women grow.  I have made several new friendships from this experience and I can’t thank Ragnhild enough for sharing her vision with all of us.  You are an inspiration and I thank you for all you have done to help spread the love of football around the world and making this a safe place for women to come together and share their love of Liverpool.  I am proud to call you a friend.



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Kate Lane
29 июл. 2020 г.

Great story, Amy Kate! Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a great group! Best wishes for more fun and success!! God bless!

Лайк

Kate Lane
29 июл. 2020 г.

Great story, Amy Kate! Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a great group! Best wishes for more fun and success!! God bless!

Лайк

Allison G
28 июл. 2020 г.

This is great! Thanks for sharing your experience! Hope to make it to one of the Livergirls events one of these days!

Лайк

tjaliverpool
28 июл. 2020 г.

Absolutely love your story Amy Kate. Thank you for sharing with your Red family worldwide♥️

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