Everyone from champion boxer Tasha Jonas to Everton player Danielle “Dan” Turner, are encouraging girls to take part in She Inspires, where they can make the most of their sporting abilities on the pitch, whilst also completing recognised qualifications.
The competition, which is aimed at girls aged 15-18 or in school years 11,12 and 13, is the creation of Merseyside’s first woman Chief Constable Serena Kennedy and Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell.
The Chief Constable said: “I’m incredibly excited for the start of the ‘She Inspires’ tournament and looking forward to seeing the progress these talented young women make on and off the pitch. I’m proud to be able to support initiatives like this one that give more opportunities to young people in our communities."
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: "Our goal is to give them a brilliant sporting opportunity, while also helping them to develop vital life skills and gain qualifications which will help them progress in life and reach their full potential."
Detective Superintendent Siobhan Gainer, Head of the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership added: "Most people in this city, and Merseyside as a whole, have grown up with football and have a passion that is unrivalled. It’s this passion for the game that will help us to work with young girls from disadvantaged areas and provide them with hope and aspirations, which they may not have had previously.”
The competition also has plenty of support thanks to the involvement of the LFC Foundation and Everton in the Community.
Sue Gregory, Everton in the Community’s Director of Youth Engagement, Employability and Sports Development commented: "We're delighted to join forces with a number of key figures in Merseyside to deliver ‘She Inspires’ to collaborate and unite in one common goal - to inspire the next generation of females in our region.
"Sport can play a starring role in helping us to develop important life skills such as teamwork, resilience and leadership, all of which we can take into our everyday lives.”
Matt Parish, chief executive, Liverpool FC Foundation, said: “The LFC Foundation is proud to be supporting the ‘She Inspires’ initiative and we will deliver tailored football sessions at 12 community sites across Merseyside.
“It’s really important that local young women who aspire to have a career in sport, have access to a range of opportunities that will help them to develop and equip them with the skills they need progress into education, participation and employment.”
Training on the pitch leading to accredited FA qualifications will be matched by the chance to gain better qualifications off it, due to the involvement of the Fowler Education & Football Academy.
The premier She Inspires supporters also includes the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and of course, has instrumental role models from business, the emergency services, politics, and public life behind it. Aside from playing skills, there will also be an accredited refereeing course for those passionate about officiating.
Confirmed sessions so far are:
Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8pm - Alder Sports Club
Thursdays 7pm to 9pm - Litherland REMYCA
Fridays 6pm to 7pm - Newton-Le-Willos
Further sessions will be announced in due course.
The final will be on Sunday 3 July at the Jeffrey Humble Playing Fields in Aintree.
To register for sessions, please complete our short Booking Form.
For further information on She Inspires, please contact Anna.Farrell@liverpoolfa.com