Global confectionery company Mars has commissioned what it claims is the first-ever statue of a female footballer, with a life-size sculpture of Lily Parr to be unveiled next month at the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Mars commissioned sculptor Hannah Stewart to create the statue ahead of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Parr was an outside left winger and scored over 980 goals in her 32-year career, which started at Dick, Kerr Ladies in 1920.
Parr was born in 1905 in St. Helens and was buried there following her death in 1978. In 2002, she became the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
Mars Brand Director Gemma Buggins said: “Lily Parr was the heroine of her time in the sporting world. It’s an honour to be able to recognise her and commemorate the inspirational woman that she was.
“With England’s Lionesses preparing for this summer’s tournament, we hope the unveiling of the first-ever female footballer statue spurs them on and gives them the motivation to go all the way.”
In other news, talkSPORT has acquired radio rights to the Women’s World Cup and will deliver live coverage of every England and Scotland match. Coverage will be led by Natalie Sawyer, presenter of talkSPORT’s Kick Off show.
The station will also deliver further coverage of the tournament, including the opening game, semi-finals and the final. Commentaries will be shared across talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.
Sawyer will be joined by West Ham Ladies player and former England international Claire Rafferty, Soccer Saturday reporter Faye Carruthers, talkSPORT commentator Sam Matterface and presenter Laura Woods.
The Women’s World Cup takes place in France from 7th June to 7th July.