Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia's Taif University announced it will be offering courses in football, basketball, and karate for its female students.

The move marks a change for Saudi women who were rarely allowed to take part in sports activities at schools or universities in the past. Girls still do not receive physical education in the country's state schools and in several universities across the countries.

However, things seem to be moving forward fast for female students who have long wanted to learn a sport.

News of Taif University's latest course offerings took Saudi Twitter by storm. 

As their announcement continues to make the rounds on Twitter, here's a little of what people have to say:

Some are against female students playing sports

"You didn't find any academic advancement to offer other than this?"

Many are having none of the negativity, though

"And now these tribesmen come at you... what's important is that this is a great move that's natural and needed to happen a long time ago." 


"This is the best thing that happened, let us learn"

"I am going to leave my college and transfer to Taif University"

The past few years have been triumphant for Saudi women in sports

In recent years, things have been looking up for Saudi female athletes who are now allowed to take part in sports previously deemed off-limits for them.

In 2018, the kingdom hosted its first-ever cycling race for females and a women-only run. Both events turned out to be a huge success.

Months prior to that, the country held its first-ever women's basketball tournament and announced it will be hosting a women's football competition.

Saudi female athletes have also been making international headlines for their achievements at global scale events, including the Rio 2016 Olympics. 

Four female athletes attended the international games, following in the footsteps of two bold Saudi women who participated in the London 2012 games.