Blackpool FC Community Trust has launched its new women and girls project. The Inclusion Department will be tasked with strategically targeting females to engage in football activates to increase participation, decrease drop off rates in girls football and provide support to grass-roots clubs with aim to support retention and recruitment of girls in football.
Funded by Sport England’s small grant fund and Gold Bond, this project will work with schools, colleges and grass roots clubs throughout the next year.
The project has already been delivered this half term at Unity College, St. Mary’s Catholic College, Highfield High Humanities College and grass roots clubs St Annes FC under 11s 12s and 14s and Bispham Junior Football Federation under 16s.
Paul Lomas, head coach of BJFF Wrens has been involved in bringing the project to his team has said, “Many thanks to Dave Maclean for his help, training and support with the new BJFF Wrens under 16s team. From the sessions the girls have discussed the team’s future and have been encouraged by what Blackpool FC Community Trust is doing for girl’s football. With their help, some of our girls are now looking at furthering their football careers and have started developing their coaching skills with BJFF development squads. Myself and all the under 16s Wrens would like to say a big thank you to Blackpool FC Community Trust, for all the work that they are putting in to develop girls football.”
There is also a free community sports session with Premier League Kicks for girls only at Revoe Park, Lune Grove, FY1 5PL Monday’s from 6pm – 7pm for 7 to 18 year olds. If you wish to participate all you need to do is turn up and play.