London FA launches scheme to engage more girls to become football coaches (UK)
As a key part of this initiative, the London FA is searching for 100 new female coaches to deliver its sessions.
In line with the national FA’s strategy for women’s and girls’ football, which aims to double participation by 2020, the London FA is leading the drive regionally with its new four-year project, which will be backed by £200,000 worth of funding in partnership with WNST.
The project aims to recruit and train 100 new female coaches who will then deliver fun football introduction sessions to 1,000 7-11-year-old girls.
The London FA has identified training more female coaches as a top priority in its own women’s and girl’s strategy – to increase opportunities for women in this area of the sport and maximise the positive impact having female coaches or role models can have on a young girl’s development.
Women’s football is on the rise in the UK, developing fast in terms of participation levels, professionalism in the top tiers and more funding and opportunities at grassroot levels.
However, there is still much to be done in terms of female coaching and creating opportunities in this part of the game. Just seven per cent of football coaches in London are women*.
By actively promoting free coaching courses through London Leopards, the London FA hopes to breakdown some of the barriers experienced by women by providing equal opportunities and creating the right environment for those who take up courses to flourish.
To help deliver football to more girls in the capital, the London FA will train 100 new female coaches through their Level 1 qualifications and provide them with the right opportunities and support required to deliver London Leopards sessions.
Nationally, only 11 per cent of 5 to 9-year-old girls play football compared to 52 per cent of boys of the same age. The number of girls playing football between the ages of 10-11 rises to 41 per cent, but this again pales in comparison to the 88 per cent of 10-11-year-old boys who play the sport**.
The new London Leopards scheme will consist of football sessions led by female coaches, to engage girls aged 7 to 11-years-old who might never have played the sport before. The focus of the initiative will be to introduce young girls to football in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with emphasis placed on the social and fitness aspects of the sport.
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