In a change to last year’s hugely-successful inaugural Girls’ Football Week, this year will see two weeks of action take place across England; with April’s Girls’ Football Week specifically focused on providing females at both primary and secondary schools with opportunities to play the beautiful game.
As part of Girls’ Football Week, clubs, community groups, schools and various other organisations are encouraged to get involved by running female-specific sessions during the course of the week.
The FA is offering free-to-use resources to participating schools and institutions, which include session guides and promotional materials. This can be accessed by registering the session at www.fagirlsfootballweek.com
If you are part of an organisation wishing to take part during April’s Girls’ Football Week – head to the link above and register your session – and we will add it to the list of events (below) taking place in Leicestershire and Rutland to encourage participation.
The FA Girls’ Football Week
25th April – 1st May 2016
Leicester and District Schools Football Association
The Leicester and District Schools Football Association launched an eight-week girls’ football league for players aged between 5 and 11, with fixtures taking place during the course of Girls’ Football Week.
Monday 25th April
Harborough Town Football Club, Bowden Park, Market Harborough, LE16 9HF
On Monday 25th April, Harborough Town Football Club will be hosting an after-school football session for female players aged between 5 and 11-years-old.
Melton & Belvoir School Sports and Physical Activity Network
As part of Girls’ Football Week, the Melton & Belvoir School Sports and Physical Activity Network will be running a day of fixtures in the Primary Schools Girls’ Football League, which launched in early April. This will also be for players aged between 5 and 11-years-old.
FA Skills Sessions
5 to 11-year-olds are invited to join an FA Skills session, which is held at Soar Valley Leisure Centre after school. The focus of these sessions is to provide players with an opportunity to try the game and interact with fellow young footballers.
Martin High School, Link Road, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7EB
At lunchtime on Monday, aspiring female footballers aged between 12 and 16 are invited to join in a girls only football session.
Uplands Junior School, Melbourne Road, Leicester, LE2 0DR
On Monday, Uplands Junior School will be hosting a girls’ football festival. Players between the ages of 5 and 11-years-old are welcome to join in and play.
Leicester Futsal Vixens, Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby, LE19 4AQ
For older female players, aged 16 and above, Leicester Futsal Vixens will be hosting an FA Mars Just Play session. This is female-only Fustal – and all are welcome to turn up and play!
Tuesday 26th April
FA Skills Sessions
5 to 11-year-olds are invited to join in another FA Skills session, again held at Soar Valley Leisure Centre after school. The focus of these sessions is to provide players with an opportunity to try the game and interact with fellow young footballers.
South Wigston High School, St Thomas Road, South Wigston, LE18 4TA
After school on Tuesday, South Wigston High School will be running a girls-only football session for players aged between 11 and 16.
Wednesday 27th April
Brockington College, Blaby Road, Enderby, LE19 4AQ
Brockington College will be running a lunchtime female football session for pupils aged between 11 and 16.
Sunday 1st May
Bottesford Football Club, Nottingham Road, Bottesford, Leicester, NG13 0AP
Thursday 28th April
Leicester City Ladies Football Club, Aylestone Park, Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE3 6TG
Between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Leicester City Ladies will be hosting an open training session - and all players between the ages of 5 and 16 are welcome to come down and give football a go!
Bottesford Football Club will be hosting an open training session for young female players, aged between 5 and 11.
For further information on FA Girls’ Football Week and activities taking place across Leicestershire and Rutland, please contact:
Shaun Waite | Football Development Officer (Participation)
Leicestershire & Rutland County Football Association
Holmes Park, Dog & Gun Lane, Whetstone, Leicester, LE8 6FA
T 0116 284 4951 | M 07738 321292
Let us know if your school or club is getting involved in Girls’ Football Week – and be sure to share any photos with us via social media by mentioning @LeicsFA on Twitter or posting onto our Facebook wall – www.facebook.com/LeicsFA