The FA launch April Girls’ Football Week
The FA have launched their latest Girls’ Football Week event, which will take place between April 25 – May 1, aimed at growing participation among girls aged five to 16 – and your college can get involved.
The FA’s last dedicated female event, held last October, was a resounding success with more than 16,000 taking part in a series of activities from Soccercise to small-sided tournaments and taster days.
Colleges played a huge part in ensuring participation numbers more than trebled The FA’s initial goal and can again help make the forthcoming Girls’ Football Week another big triumph.
A target of more than 17,000 five to 16-year-olds has been put in place for the week – a 20% increase on participation from 2015 and, while colleges can still run events for their own students, The FA is hoping establishments can help support activity for this younger age group.
Kelly Simmons, FA director of football participation and development, said: “Following the success of last year’s event it was decided that we could have an even bigger impact on participation levels by running two weeks, focusing on different areas.
“We hope that if more schools and groups put these sessions on that it won’t just encourage girls to start playing football, but they will carry on playing regularly, particularly for teenagers where sport drop-out rates can be high.
“2015 was a landmark year for women’s football and there’s no doubt that big occasions such as the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley and the Lionesses’ achievements at the World Cup had a big impact on inspiring more girls to play.
“We are confident, along with our partners, that even more progress will be made this year and we encourage as many schools as possible to sign up and help us to get more girls playing football.”
Registration for the week is now open and The FA is offering free-to-use resources to participating schools and institutions, which include session guides and promotional materials.
Football is the largest female team sport in England with more than 2.89 million players. There are more than 5,900 women’s and girls’ teams playing affiliated club football.