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Newcastle United Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018!

In recognition of International Women’s Day Newcastle United Foundation is shining a light on its Women and Girls player and coach pathway.

Since September 2017, the Foundation has worked with over 430 girls aged 5-16 years old. During that time, we have worked with girls in both primary and secondary schools across the region including Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland.

On a weekly basis we have 130 girls attending our Girls Player Development Centre and Girls Advanced, which take place at Coach Lane Campus, at Northumbria University.

After enjoying great success at our two girls only events at Goals – 62 participants aged 5-12 attended both days – the Foundation are now working on building on the achievements of the past year.

Just in the next month of April, plans are in place for five different girls only events to inspire more women and girls to play the beautiful game!

Fun days at Newcastle East End FC and Killingworth Young People’s Club, as well as a Girls only Easter Holiday Soccer School at Goals Newcastle mean there are plenty of opportunities for players just starting out in the game to grow their skills.

Two Premier League Girls Football festivals – designed to provide opportunities for females aged 11 and over to take part in the sport in a local community setting – will further drive the Foundation’s commitment to inspiring more women and girls to play football.

Trials for next season’s women and girls Player Development Centres and Advanced Coaching sessions will take place in July, ensuring more opportunities for female footballers to grow their confidence and their skills, be that as a player or a coach.

The Female Mentorship Programme, which has been funded by Sport Newcastle, has helped the mentoring of five new female coaches to inspire the next generation of Women and Girls football.

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.’

It’s been a fantastic year so far for women and girls football here at the Foundation, but we won’t stop there. This International Women’s Day, Newcastle United Foundation will continue to #PressForProgress.



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