Girls’ Football Week
In 2012 Women’s Football Week was launched in the further education sector as an intervention strategy to galvanise colleges and kick-start bespoke female football sessions for students across the country in partnership with The Football Association.
Each year the campaign has grown significantly; in 2014 more than 50 colleges delivered an array of female football events which engaged over 1000 college students in one week alone. Naturally, this success has attracted more support from The FA and the attention of education partners. In 2014, higher education institutions joined colleges in the week, and this year The FA will be launching Girls’ Football Week across all education partners and charter standard club teams.
The purpose of Girls’ Football Week in further education is to:
- Raise the profile of girls’ and women’s football and the college sector
- Increase female participation
- Develop female students as leaders and football activators
There is real opportunity to sustain the momentum gathered from the FIFA Women’s World Cup and use Girls’ Football Week and The FA #WeCanPlay campaign to encourage more females to play football.
Involvement in college football and sport are fundamental to students’ progression into higher education and/or employment, to students’ attendance, attainment, health and well-being. Participation also helps create healthy lifestyles and life-long participation in sport and physical activity.
Despite these benefits, there is a real shortfall in the number of females playing football and sport in general, which we plan to start to address through Girls’ Football Week.
For more information and questions regarding Girls Football Week please feel free to contact the football development team.