The FA launch Girls’ Football Week – 5th -11th October 2015
Posted: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:41
The FA is to run Girls' Football Week to encourage more education institutions to run female-specific football sessionsThe week will run from 5-11 October and has been developed from the success of previous Women's Football Weeks, which were targeted at Universities.
It is being delivered in partnership with Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport and British Universities and Colleges Sport.
The FA is encouraging more schools to run football sessions and this year the programme has been extended to include primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities along with clubs and community groups who are also invited to participate.
In 2014, more than 2,000 people took part in the sessions across 80 institutions. It is aimed that this year, 5,000 girls and women will play football during the week.
Women's football is the largest female team sport in the country and the third largest team sport after men's football and cricket. During the FIFA Women's World Cup, The FA launched #WeCanPlay, a campaign to encourage more females to play football.
The FA is sharing free-to-use promotional resources to participating schools and institutions, which can be downloaded below. Ideas for events/sessions can be found here.
FA women's football national project manager Polly Fildes said: "This year has seen real change and momentum in women's football, especially with the success of the Lionesses at this summer's World Cup, and we wanted to build on that by extending the programme.
"We want as many schools, colleges and universities to provide opportunities for their female students to play football during our national week of action and we have created the tools and materials provided to make it as easy as possible for them to do so.
"We have seen some real success stories across the country with our Women's Football Weeks, with women not just trying, but continuing to play football, and we're hoping for the same next month.
"We may even find the next generation of Lionesses."
England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott said: "It's great to see that there is a new week dedicated to getting more girls to play football. Anything that gives people the opportunity and confidence to try football is really important. As England players, we are always happy to see girls taking part in football and want to use our platform to inspire more people to play."
Further information, relevant to the appropriate age group, can be found at:
Participating institutions are encouraged to complete a survey about their planned activity, which will also enter them into a draw to win a visit from an England player and a signed England shirt. The survey can be found here.