Colleges help second FA Girls’ Football Week exceed target sign-up numbers

The second Girls’ Football Week of 2016 is still a couple of weeks away, but has already exceeded The FA’s target for registrations, with FE helping to achieve impressive numbers.

GFW 2016 October

As it stands, 3,800 girls will be taking part in events across the week – which runs from 10-16 October – through further education and sixth form colleges, massively exceeding AoC Sport’s target.

Meanwhile, 84 colleges are currently signed up to run events during the week, only slightly short of our target number with just over two weeks left to register.

In total, 31,126 girls and women have signed up to play football as part of the week – 9,000 more than the original target of 22,000. Initial figures leave The FA hopeful of exceeding the 52,000 females who took part in April’s Girls’ Football Week.

Events include things such as festivals, tournaments, taster sessions, soccercise, and challenges such as the crossbar challenge and the dustbin challenge, so there is something for everyone.

AoC Sport will also be running five focus events during the week, concluding with our joint FE/HE showpiece event with BUCS on Friday 14 October at Walsall College and Aston University.



Other destinations for our events include Sunderland College, Bridgwater College and Myerscough College.

The FA have set an ambitious target of doubling female football participation by 2020, and see initiatives such as Girls’ Football Weeks as key to reaching this goal.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of football participation and development, said: “These figures demonstrate just how much appetite there is to get more women and girls playing football.

“We’re confident that we can get even more organisations and academic institutions signed up to take part and hopefully continue to run football sessions throughout the rest of the year.”

If your college has not yet registered to take part, there is still time to do so.