Sport England: Multi-million Investment to Engage Girls with Football

Sport England: Multi-million Investment to Engage Girls with Football

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 14:33

Sport England are investing £2 million of National Lottery funding into grassroots girls' football as part of a new programme set to be launched by The Football Association (The FA) later this summer.

The Squad Girls' Football programme will be aimed at getting more 12-14-year-olds into the game and links to Sport England's own work to tackle inequalities around gender activity habits.

The latest Children and Young People Active Lives Survey report shows that girls are less likely than boys to complete the suggested 60 minutes of physical activity a day outlined by the Chief Medical Officer. The research shows that barriers to participation include 51% of girls saying they're shy or self-conscious, while 46% lack confidence in their own ability.

This new programme aims to comb at this by training coaches to ensure every girl has a voice and choice during the session, to guarantee their preferences and needs are catered for - a move welcomed by Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth.

The programme, which will be delivered by adult's who've undertaken England Football's EE Playmaker course or are alredy a qualified Level 1-3 coach, will aim to encourage girls to take part in more physical activity, increase their confidence and make them aware of other programmes available to them.

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