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BBC Sport and COPA90’s Collaborative Players Podcast Returns For Series 2

BBC Sport and COPA90’s collaborative women’s football podcast, The Players, is back for series two.

Series one brought some of the biggest names in women’s football together with host Bex Smith, former New Zealand World Cup and Olympic Captain.

As well as a few surprise guests along the way, the second series will welcome more huge names from the women’s game. Talking much more than just football, Bex will find out what makes the players tick, diving into mentalities and personalities beyond the pitch.

Throughout the series, fans will also be given the opportunity to put questions to their favourite players. The first opportunity to do so comes later this week, with a one-off COPA90 webinar event, The Players – Friends & Family.

Series one invited fans behind the scenes of our game, with discussions that resonated with people far beyond the white lines of the football pitch… series two will welcome an even wider, more diverse display of voices in and around the game. I seriously can’t wait to see what our community has to say about it.

— Bex Smith

Starting at 5pm this Wednesday 10 March, fans can join Bex and a stellar line up for a conversation about resilience. Bex will be joined by Izzy Christiansen (Everton & England), Ceylon Andi Hickman (Football Beyond Borders), Felicia Pennant (Season Zine) and Pippa Grange (psychologist, author and Chief Culture Officer at Right to Dream), all discussing what resilience means to them. Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to put their own questions to the panel.

Bex Smith says: “Series one of The Players Podcast invited fans behind the scenes of our game, with discussions that resonated with people far beyond the white lines of the football pitch.

These game-shifting, change-provoking conversations proved that women’s football is filled with some huge role models – and plenty of fascinating characters.

“Series two will welcome an even wider, more diverse display of voices in and around the game. I seriously can’t wait to see what our community has to say about it.”

With themes such as resilience, leadership and relationships at its core, and a different topic every week, The Players podcast will continue to enhance visibility and accessibility to some of the great personalities within football.

The opening episode will be released on Wednesday 17 March. A new episode will be released every Wednesday thereafter on BBC Sounds.

Throughout the series, additional content related to The Players will be available on COPA90 (@copa90), BBC Sport (@bbcsport) and BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) platforms.

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