After a successful 2016 that saw over 80,000 participants take part in over 1,000 events, 2017 marks the 6th year of the nationwide participation initiative – with the goal of engaging more female students to try or get back into football.
Taking place from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 November 2017, FA Girls’ Football Week is one of a number of initiatives delivered by The FA as part of its Gameplan for Growth – a pledge to double participation of women and girls in football by 2020 – and offers students a variety of coaching sessions for players of all abilities.
Campus Sport Edge Hill University – Ladies 5-a-side Football Tournament – Friday 10 November, 6.00-9.00pm at The Sports Centre, Edge Hill University, L39 4QP
To find out more and register to take part in a session, visit FAGirlsFootballWeek.com
As part of the week’s activities, buddy health and fitness influencers, Twice the Health, are also calling on students to take part and share their experiences through a ‘squad selfie’ on social media using #JoinOurSquad.
Ahead of FA Girls’ Football Week the duo teamed up with England and Manchester City Women’s Nikita Parris, who is currently studying at Liverpool John Moores University, to try out some football activities and find out how football can help students stay active in a fun and sociable way, see how they got on here (video embed in Notes to Editors).
Kelly Simmons, FA Participation and Development Director, said: “What we want to see is more females of all ages playing the game and we have set ourselves the target of doubling participation by 2020 via our Gameplan for Growth strategy. At the very heart of The FA Girls’ Football Week is giving girls throughout the country the chance to try football, have some fun, keep fit and make a new group of friends. Hopefully girls who don’t play football regularly, will enjoy the sessions and be inspired to take up the game in the future.”