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Women encouraged to try out football

November 26, 2013

The FA, Sport England, the Premier League and The Football League have joined together to give more women and girls the opportunity to take part in football sessions thanks to the new FA Women and Girls programme.

A £2.4m investment over the next two years from Sport England will see the Premier League and Football League clubs deliver season-long coaching programmes to over 40,000 new female players try the sport.

This is the first time The FA, Premier League and The Football League have worked together to deliver a grassroots women’s football programme, with a total of 88 clubs trusts across the country working in tandem with county FAs, schools, colleges and universities to deliver the sessions through Level 2 qualified coaches.

Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said: “This is a powerful initiative in which we are pleased to be investing in alongside the football authorities. The new programme will not only give many more young women the opportunity to try football, but also receive coaching tailored to their specific needs. "

The Minister for Sport, Helen Grant, added: “This is great news for women’s football at the grassroots level. It shows what can be achieved by football working together. The Premier League and Football League clubs pull in the community combined with qualified coaches from The FA will make this a great success and get many more young women playing the game.”

Sport England’s Active People Survey results show that women are less likely to participate in sport than men. In a bid to narrow the gap, Sport England is working with the sports themselves and other partners to break down the barriers that women face and encourage more women to play sport. >>more