It has recently been announced that four of the UK’s top sporting organisations have joined forces in order to give more women and girls the opportunity to take part in football sessions.
The Football Association, Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League are to offer a new FA Women and Girls programme, which will deliver season long coaching programmes to over 40,000 female players.
Sport England’s Active People Survey results have previously shown that women are less likely to participate in sport than men, a statistic which the new programme aims to combat.
Sport England will invest £2.4m in the programme over the next two years. The programme will work with 88 club trusts across the country, along with county football associations, schools, colleges and universities, and sessions will be delivered by Level 2 qualified coaches.
“This is a powerful initiative in which we are pleased to be investing in alongside the football authorities” comments Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive. “The new programme will not only give many more young women the opportunity to try football, but also receive coaching tailored to their specific needs.”
The Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, adds “This is great news for women’s football at the grass roots level. It shows what can be achieved by football working together. The Premier League and Football League clubs pull in the community combined with qualified coaches from The FA will make this a great success and get many more young women playing the game.”