Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football and supporting The FA’s aim of doubling the number of women and girls playing the game by 2020.
The week ran from 23rd to 29th April and was a great opportunity to showcase female football at every level and inspire players and volunteers.
The AFA ran a number of events which enabled all to get involved, including those who had never played football before, and the Capital Women’s Cup Junior and Intermediate Cup Finals.
With support of FA Coach Mentors, we delivered an ‘Engaging Women and Girls in Football’ workshop which looked at new ways of understanding women and girls and what can be done differently to ‘talk’ to them to encourage participants to keep coming back.
The evening also presented clubs with an opportunity to gain insight into how through understanding your audience, you can sustain and increase participation across the female game.
We were also at the launch of two of our SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres that saw a total of 20 new girls participating in football.
The SSE Wildcats programme is a national initiative to get girls aged 5–11 years old playing football. For more information on the programme and to find your nearest Centre, please CLICK HERE
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies hosted a schools festival for years 3 and 4, which saw over 150 girls take part and have a fantastic day of football. Chirpy and Lily were on hand to pose for photos. The event was also supported by Disney and players had the opportunity to be part of Disney Princess themed coaching sessions.
We also visited our Female Only FA Level 1 Coaching Course, which has seen 13 new female coaches start their coaching journey. Those coaches will now go back to inspire their own players and club members. The course is being delivered by FA Coach Mentor and Tutor, Emily Hill. Having a female tutor has allowed the learners to see what they can go on to do and achieve.
Lastly, Sunday 29 April saw Sutton United host the Capital Women’s Cup Junior and Intermediate Finals, where we were luckily enough to have Keith Bonas present the medals and trophies.
The Junior Cup was between AFC Phoenix Reserves (an AFA affiliated club) and South London Laces. The game was superbly contested and eventually saw AFC Phoenix come out as winners.
Next up was the Intermediate final between AFC Wimbledon Reserves and Colne Valley Ladies. AFC Wimbledon were the winners in what was a great game of football, played with a fantastic spirit.
The Finals day was the perfect end to an excellent week and showcased female football in all its earnest, showing what it can bring to all involved in the game.
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