Celebrating Girls Football Week
Newcastle United Foundation proudly champions Womens and Girls Football so in celebration of Girls Football Week why not take a look at some of our delivery in the community!
In our last reporting year 644 Women and Girls were involved in our football programmes across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Gateshead.
Girls Disability Football
Our most recent Girls Disability Football Festival of the season saw 73 girls from seven SEN schools across the city descend on Walker Activity Dome to show off their skills! Great to work in partnership with Northumberland FA.
Girls Coaching Camps
Our Holiday Soccer Schools are mixed sessions and we’ve seen an increase in the number of girls attending, which is fantastic! This summer we’re holding a two day Girls Futsal course as an introduction for those young people that want to learn more about this side of the game.
Premier League Kicks
Kicks offers free football to young people across nine venues, taking in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Ashington and Berwick. The sessions are mixed but at Berwick in particular we’ve seen girls accounting for over 20% of the participants. The girls Kicks team recently won the national Kicks Cup for the second year in a row!
Premier League Girls Football
We deliver 10 girls only satellite clubs in secondary schools in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Since the sessions started in September 2015 232 girls aged 11-16 years old have accessed the sessions.
Commenting on this project Paul Dunn, Head of PE at Churchill School, said: “This year as part of the Premier League Girls project we have engaged a group of girls through weekly training sessions. Competitions have been an added bonus for the girls including their involvement in the derby match which was a great experience for the girls. We really believe this is a great initiative which encourages participation in sport, designed specifically for the girls and as a college we are seeing the benefits of this as they are engaging more in PE and School Sport.”
Girls Advanced Sessions
Talented young female footballers are invited to our Girls Advanced sessions – we run these in three age groups – under 11’s, 13’s and 15’s at Coach Lane Campus. It’s a hugely important part of our Player Pathway. Competition for places is huge!
Girls Player Development Centre
Our most recent Player Development Centre has seen over 73 Girls attending sessions since September.
Female Coach Mentoring Programme
At the start of the year the Foundation appointed three female coaches as part of its Female Coach Mentoring programme, which is supported by Sport Newcastle.
Codie Nichols and Anastacia Chambers, from Tyne Met College, and Kayleigh Appleton, who studies at Northumbria University all applied to be part of the project and have delivered 18 hours coaching, working with Foundation coaches on various programmes, over the past 4 months.
The Foundation supports the coaches with additional qualifications to further assist their development with the aim of creating a pathway that will help identify future female coaching staff for the organisation. Codie has already secured her Level 1 Coaching qualification, which is great news!
Lisa Bell, Senior Project Co-ordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “The Foundation has a brilliant player pathway in place for young females that love football. It’s great to see so many girls getting involved at such a young age and progressing through our programmes.
“We have got some great role models within the organisation who have started out on our programmes and made the transition from participants, to volunteers and coaches. The opportunities for Women and Girls within our programmes are so well established in the set up that there is a great network to support their progress.”
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