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College Football comes to Cumbria

March 8, 2016

Cumberland FA are proud to be partnering up with 3 local colleges this Spring, each behind a new women’s football College pilot.

At the moment the only female football provision available for colleges is through North West and Northern College Leagues, where students would be expected to travel up to 100 miles for fixture against another college.

We met with local Cumbrian Colleges just before Christmas where issues were raised around female players dropping out, colleges struggling to sustain costs of transport and becoming demoralised as a result.  Our discussions developed around the idea of hosting a Cumbria offer for local colleges.  Not only will this increase participation in the sport locally, but see a brand new provision for students to play, with their peers, on their door step.

Next week Newton Rigg College in Penrith are the first to host 1 of 3 taster events around the county which will include women’s football teams coming together from Carlisle College, Lakes College and Newton Rigg College itself.

The tasters are in place to invite female college students along, throw on a bib and play some informal 7v7 friendly football.  Jess Nelson, Football Development Officer said, ‘Each college has been working hard over the past couple of weeks recruiting its female players.  Hosting an event on each college site over the next few months will help see more and more students get involved.’

Part of our offer would also be to support students accessing further club football opportunities – an ideal one being through the Cumbria Women’s League’s new Adult Provision which is soon to kick off after Easter. 

If you are a local college or sixth form centre interested in getting involved or would like more information on the project, please do not hesitate to contact Jess on 01900 872310 / 07807 665543 or email

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