FFD Womens and Girls Programme
Female Football Participation passes 30,000 with the Football League.
Over 30,000 women and girls have starting playing football in the past three years, including those on the Bradford City Womens and Girls Programme. The Football League Trust's Female Football Development programme (FFD) is run by 55 clubs across the country, including Bradford City Community Foundation, and aims to get more women and girls playing the game. Perhaps more importantly, the figures also reveal that over 97% of the women and girls who have been introduced to football have continued to be involved.
Nicol Meredith, Female Football Officer with The Football League Trust, comments, “Getting so many girls involved in the programme that are new to football, and the massive retention rates, shows the power that football clubs have in their communities. The programme focuses on having fun as well as the social and health benefits of playing football".
The programme is funded by The FA and Sport England and was launched in 2013 to get women and girls aged 14 and over to start, and continue, playing football using the reach of the Football League Trust and Premier League to deliver at a grass roots level. This is the first time that all four organisations have worked on a project of this kind. It was announced in Summer 2015, that, due to the success of the first two years of the scheme, more than £3,700,000 of joint FA and Sport England investment will be allocated to the programme by July 2016.
Another success of the programme is that participation among minority ethnic groups in the FFD programme is now over 20%. Nicol, continues, “Football has an amazing power to break down all kinds of barriers. As well as getting hard to reach groups involved in the game, our sustained approach to developing female participation is getting more women in key positions in professional Football."
If you are involved in a womens and girls football team aged 14 years+, or work at an upper school, please contact us. We are currently hoping to set up a girls Satellite Club where sessions will be based at Thornton Grammar School and Hanson School, running after school. with links to local junior football clubs. We will be looking for year 9 and above to come along to our sessions. AND IT'S FREE! Just turn up and play! If anyone has any questions or wants more information please contact Sally Thackray on 07927 092382 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact our Womens and Girls Lead Coach, Joe Bray, on 07805 465819.
We have also launched Womens and Girls Football sessions in Bradford - Mondays 3pm-4pm at BBEC and Thursdays 4.45pm- 6.45pm at Oasis Lister Park Academy. Open to any year 7 - 10 girls from any school.