Premier League Girls Football

Football sessions for girls of all abilities aimed at increasing participation in the sport and raising the confidence of young people. There are 8 sessions each week in a variety of locations mainly schools for girls aged 11-18. Take part in a fun and relaxed environment with your friends.

The Premier League Girls Football Programme from the start of the 2016/17 season the programme is being delivered by 91 professional clubs who provide a wide variety of sessions aimed at different audiences. Nearly 9,000 girls have been engaged in the PL Girls Football programme since August 2015. Accrington Stanley aims to coach football to over 200 girls in the first year. Many of these girls had never played football before but now thoroughly enjoy the sport thanks to Accrington Stanley.

The programme has two main objectives:

  • To increase the number of women and girls playing football on a regular basis
  • To increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official

The programme achieves this by providing a fun and informal environment, allowing participants to progress at their own pace and make friends at the same time.

Community Manager Martin Fearon said ‘The Premier League Girls Football programme we run at Accrington Stanley increases participation in women and girls football, targets young girls to get more involved in the activities which we set out and also supports local grassroots teams by helping with recruitment. Overall the feedback we have had from schools has been very promising and the interest in female football has become more popular in our local area.’

Accrington Stanley Female Football Development Officer, Elle Kayley explains how we attracted girls into the sessions who have never played football before ‘We found that a number of girls wanted the exercise element rather than just play football therefore we incorporated sessions concentrating on different exercises and stretches. We also delivered team games and races to boost the girl’s competitiveness and enjoyment.

This programme is free of charge for schools and sees Accrington Stanley coaches come in for the academic school year to girl’s football sessions.

If you are interested in getting involved in the programme or would like any more information please get in contact with the Community Trust on 01254 304071 or email