Girls Football Week

The FA is pleased to announce the details for Girls Football Week 2016. This year there will be two weeks of action the first taking place between the 25th April - 1st May with a focus upon the 5-16 age group and the second running between the 10th October - 16th October with a focus upon Further & Higher Education. The weeks are being delivered in partnership with Independent Schools FA.

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English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport, British Universities and Colleges Sport, the Premier League and the Football League aims to build upon the success of 2015 in which more than 16,000 people took part in the event. This more than tripled the original target and this year we aim to go one step further and aim for 17,340 girls aged 5-16 take part in the first week, a 20 per cent increase on 2015.

Whilst the target age group for April is 5-16 year olds we would still like Colleges and Universities to get involved and run some activity for your students and wider community. There is also a fantastic opportunity to use this week to boost the participation numbers within the FA Community Hub project, so we will be looking for specific support from Colleges and Universities delivering activity for Primary and Secondary schools children.

England and Chelsea forward Karen Carney said: “I visited one of the Girls’ Football Week sessions last year in Birmingham and it was great to see so many girls enjoying playing football. If schools can create more opportunities for girls to try football, then hopefully more will love playing.”

Children & Young People Football Development Officer Cristina Torkildsen said: “Girls’ Football Week has been used as a catalysed to engage more females into the game. It’s been a huge success over the last few years and with the success of the Lionesses in the summer we need to continue to drive girls and women’s football in the right direction.”

For local support on the delivery of Girls Football Week please contact your local Children & Young People Football Development Officer
Cristina Torkildsen (Birmingham)
Michael Thurlow (Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire)
Luke Bowles (Black Country) -