Today the FA has launched Girls Football Week – running until the 11th October 2015.
Girls Football Week is an initiative to encourage schools to create more female football training sessions.
It is being delivered in partnership with Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport and British Universities and Colleges Sport.
This year the programme has been extended to Primary and Secondary schools, colleges and universities as well as clubs and community groups.
Last year more than 2000 people took part in Girls Football Week over 80 groups – and this year the FA are hoping Girls Football Week will encourage over 5000 girls to take part.
The FA has some free resources to help schools set up sessions, and more information can be found here.
You can find more information here for each relevant group about Girls Football Week.
H plays football every weekend at Carshalton Athletic, who are now talking about setting up an Under 8’s team, which H hopes to be involved in. I’ve offered my social media services with the Women’s team, in the hope it will help spread the word (as I have no idea when they’re playing and would love to help). H loves football now – she enjoys playing and has decided she wants to be a goalkeeper these days – and seems to be getting better at saving goals too.
None of this could be possible, were it not for the way girls are accepted in football training sessions. At Carshalton Athletic girls go free which I think is a wonderful scheme and one which keeps us going back. I really hope that H gets to represent her local team as I know she’d be so proud. She’s getting opportunities I never had, and I love that she loves the game as much as I do.
Do you have a girl who plays football? Don’t forget the FA’s ‘We Can Play’ campaign, tag your photos with the hashtag – and help spread the word! After the wonderful Women’s World Cup this year, there’s a real momentum (we won’t talk about the last England Euro qualifier which didn’t make it onto tv, mind) – and I hope it continues. H’s favourite players are still Casey Stoney and Fran Kirby, and you know what? She loves Harry Kane just as much. It’s all good.