Female Football Development
In September 2013, we were awarded a grant from the Football Association and Football League Trust to promote football opportunities to females aged 14+ under the “Female Football Development” programme.
The Female Football Development (FFD) sessions aim to provide a relaxed and welcoming football environment, with a key focus on fun, fitness and friendship.
During the course of the project, we will work with a number of local grassroots clubs, secondary schools, colleges, universities and other community groups and organisations to promote football-related activity for girls and women.
These organisations will benefit from 10 weeks of completely FREE football-related activity. To date we have worked with clubs wishing to start new teams or recruit more players; schools, colleges and universities to promote physical activity opportunities to students; and working in conjunction with West Midlands Police and other partners for open community-based sessions.
By July 2014, over 360 females aged 14+ had taken part in coaching or activity sessions with sky blues staff, by July 2015 the total went to 762 females aged 14+. With Year 3 underway we are hoping to have engaged over 1,000 females aged 14+ by July 2016.
Since the project started as well as recruiting into existing teams, we have also formed a brand new team from one of the sessions. We are also launching a new girl’s football schools league, more information is on our website. We have also started some football sessions for the younger girls which run on a Saturday morning at the Alan Higgs, More information is on our website.
We are always keen to hear from organisations who wish to benefit from 10 weeks of free coaching. If you would like to find out more about how we can support your organisation with female-specific activity as part of this project, please contact our Women & Girls Football lead,Toni Wellings, via telephone: 02476 786 349 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org