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Inspiring Your Future Through Sport
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Premier League 4 Girls

For the first time, The FA and Sport England are joining forces with the Premier League to provide new grassroots for women’s and girls’ football sessions for 14-25 year olds with professional clubs across the country through the new FA Women and Girls programme. The scheme aims to reach and inspire over 40,000 new female players into the sport.

The Community Foundation is one of thirty four football trusts across the country that will receive funding from the PLCF to deliver the sessions through Level 2 qualified coaches. Each club will deliver programmes and work in tandem with County FA’s, Schools, Colleges and Universities to engage new participants into the game.

The weekly football sessions are led by the Foundation’s Premier League Programme Coordinator, Rachel Charles, and feature key messages on developing an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, the programme also seeks to increase the girl’s confidence and activity rates, whilst addressing women’s common concerns around fitness, weight management, awareness of sexual exploitation and sporting ability.

The sessions are delivered in a female only zone which enables participants to feel comfortable and help them develop self-confidence in a safe, male free environment.

Attendees also have the opportunities to receive tickets for SUFC games as part of a reward scheme which includes guest appearances from Blades players and female role models.

The Community Foundation is working in 6 different locations across Sheffield including: Talbot Specialist School, Bradfield School, Handsworth Grange School, Newfield Secondary, Silverdale School and City College, with 3 additional new sessions currently being set up.

At the end of the academic year we will run our Girls Football Festival where the girls can be involved. The festival would run league competitions for school teams at u9’s, u11’s, u13’s, u15’s and u18’s. Once again the Festival will focus on providing opportunities for players of all ability levels to develop their football skills whilst taking part in competitive matches against each other with an emphasis on fun. Medals will be on offer for runners-up and winners of each age group, as well as SUFC match day tickets for the winners. The festival will be run by community volunteers, and we will ask them to vote for a team to receive a fair play award which will be presented at our annual Community Awards Evening.

Rachel spoke of the scheme: "The Premier League 4 Girls programme provides girls and women of Sheffield with an excellent opportunity to engage in weekly sessions. It has been great to establish a working relationship with Talbot Specialist School as this session helps to promote the value of these sessions for girls aged 14-25 of any ability who just want to enjoy playing football."

If you are interested in being part of girls and women’s football in Sheffield then contact Rachel Charles on 0114 2619883 or email Rachel.charles@sufc.co.uk.