Millwall Lionesses Ladies Football Club were founded in 1971 and became the first women's football team to affiliate to a professional men's team, Millwall F.C. (aka The Lions). The Lionesses were pioneers of the "Football in the Community Scheme" which is now common in football, but unheard of in the early 1970s.
Millwall Lionesses became a leading force in both the women's game as well as the "Millwall Community Programme", and played an active part in the development of girls football. Millwall Lionesses were the first club to have a female Centre of Excellence, of which there eventually became 42 in England. Millwall Lionesses field teams with an age range of eight, to thirty plus.