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Hundreds more women and girls to have opportunities in football through Newcastle United Foundation

Hundreds of young women and girls are being given more opportunities than ever before to access career pathways and bright futures in football through Newcastle United Foundation.

On top of the charity’s existing football development programmes for women and girls, dozens of additional coaching sessions, week-long football courses, festivals and fun days are being organised throughout the 2021/22 season to increase the number of women and girls playing sport on a regular basis.

More than 500 girls will be introduced to football – potentially for the first time – through the rollout, thanks to increased funding to the initiative from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The season-long support has kicked off in style with a four-day football week for girls delivered by Newcastle United Foundation coaches at Druid Park – the home of Newcastle United Women.

Providing a safe environment for young participants to learn, play and have fun together on the pitch, further football weeks are expected to be held during the year, attracting dozens more children to the sport through high-quality coaching catering to all player abilities.

Lisa Bell, Newcastle United Foundation Women and Girls Football Development Officer, said: “It has been fantastic to welcome 50 girls to our most recent football week and to introduce these young players to the sport and to develop their interest in football.

“The extra support from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery is invaluable for us to build on our existing programmes to specifically support the women’s game and inspire more young people into careers in football.

“The players joining us recently were thrilled to meet Newcastle United Women’s Beth Guy at the end of their four-day football week. Meeting players makes a future in football so much more tangible when they can see other young women achieving their dreams in the sport.”

As well as meeting their heroes, young players attending sessions this year will be given the chance to win Newcastle United Women season tickets, matchday experiences, and stadium tours at St. James’ Park.

To secure the future of women’s football in the North East, training in industry standard coaching qualifications will be offered to U17s players part of Newcastle United Foundation’s Girls Player Development Centre.

Lisa Bell added: “It is an exciting time for women’s football and access to the sport has never been better.

“We hope events like our fun days for up to 300 girls at various community venues and primary school festivals will inspire more girls into the game and ensure the North East remains a hotspot for producing incredible talent on the pitch.”

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