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Sign up HERE for FA Girls Football Week 23-29 April

This year’s FA Girls Football Week will run from 23rd April – 29th April 2018.

It will be a fun filled week of activities designed to get as many girls involved in playing football.

Whether girls play regularly or are lacing their boots for the first time, it is a great opportunity for them to get active, meet new friends and have fun!

Supported by Disney for the first time, we will provide registered organisers with a range of coaching session resources which use Disney story-telling to deliver football related activities.This allows girls’ taking part to imagine the fantasy world of their favourite Disney films whilst also learning and developing essential football skills.

When you register your activities you will also receive a range of digital marketing resources and guidelines to help you promote your events, as well as support on how to deliver activities in a fun and safe environment.

Register your events before 28th February 2018 and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a hospitality box at Wembley Stadium for the Women’s FA Cup Final on 5th May 2018.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR ACTIVITIES TODAY

Record number of participants in 2016 Girls’ Football Weeks

A record 130,000 girls and women have taken part in FA Girls’ Football Week in 2016.

More than 80,000 people have taken part in this week’s activity, almost four times the original target, while 50,000 people participated in April’s Girls’ Football Week.

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The total was announced at an event in Birmingham, organised by Aston University and Walsall College, where more than 100 local students took part in football sessions.

FA head of women’s football Baroness Sue Campbell and England Women assistant coach Marieanne Spacey attended the event, along with Birmingham City duo Kerys Harrop and Emily Westwood, taking part in a Q&A session with the participants.

Universities, colleges, schools, community groups, clubs and other organisations across England have put on 1,485 events throughout the current Girls’ Football Week, which was created to drive female participation by encouraging academic and sports institutions and organisations to run football sessions.

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Baroness Campbell said: “These figures demonstrate what a huge appetite there is for women and girls to play football when they are given the opportunity.

“We’ve committed to doubling female participation by 2020 and weeks like this will go a long way to us attracting more players into the game and building the momentum we will need to achieve that.

“We would like to thank all of the organisations that have put on sessions and those that have played football, and worked so hard to make this week such a success. Hopefully it will encourage women and girls to carry on playing the game throughout the year.”

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Spacey added: “It was great to be here today and meet so many women and girls who were enjoying playing the game.

“Playing football and weeks like these offer so much more than just the game itself – it’s also the opportunity to be outside, be active and make friends. Without football organising these events, it might not be as possible.”

The week has been delivered in partnership with the Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Associations of Colleges Sport, British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), the Premier League and the English Football League.

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FA Girls’ Football Week attracts over 100,000 players

More than 1,000 organisations have signed up to run female-specific football sessions throughout the week, which takes place from Monday 10 October.

It means that in 2016 at least 110,000 will play football as part the weeks, after 50,000 women and girls took park in April.

The weeks were created to encourage more women and girls to play football by encouraging schools, clubs, community groups and wider organisations to put on football sessions.

This month additional focus will be on encouraging higher and further educational establishments to put on sessions at the academic years.

The weeks are being delivered in partnership with the Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport, the Premier League and the English Football League.

FA director of football participation and development Kelly Simmons said: “These are really impressive numbers and show just how many girls and women want to play football when they are given the opportunity.

“We have set ourselves the ambitious target of doubling participation by 2020 and these figures are really encouraging.

“I’d like to thank all of our partners and urge even more organisations to take part and make it the best week yet.”

Organisations can still register via FAGirlsFootballWeek.com where they will be able to access a range of materials including session plans and ideas and promotional tools.