Posted: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 09:53


With research from the FA reporting that just 45 per cent of girls aged under 10 years old play football, compared to 95 per cent of boys, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust has extended its popular Game On programme to include two dedicated weekly Game On Girls sessions.

Securing funding from the FA, Game On qualified coaches will deliver the female only sessions at two SSE Wildcats Girls Football Centres, which provide girls with the chance to have fun, make friends and play football.

It is hoped as a result of this activity that an additional 60 young girls from South Yorkshire will embrace the sport and develop a lifelong love of the game.

The sessions are available to primary aged girls and take place in a fun and safe setting encouraging inclusivity with the SSE Wildcats Centres welcoming females of all abilities, backgrounds and experiences.

Development Manager for Game On England, Kat Clarke, comments: "Football has a unique power to change lives and unite our communities in ways little else can. Thanks to this funding from the FA, we have been able to extend our programme to include two further sessions to meet with increasing demand for free activities for young people in coalfield communities.

"We know that girls want female only sessions and with only 3 per cent of mini teams that are girls only, we had to do something to redress the balance. We hope that through these two sessions we can encourage more young girls to get fit and active through football, while having a positive impact on their health and social skills."

Chairman of Athersley Recreation Football Club, Pete Goodlad, comments: "The statistics make for disappointing reading. It is important that we put in place the provision to give young girls the chance to play a sport that they can enjoy and get benefit from.

"Football isn't boys only, it is an inclusive activity and we know that these sessions will have a positive impact on those that come along to take part. It's not all about being active, it's about meeting new people and making friends."

The first session, Game on Girls Denaby Wildcats Football Centre, will take place at Dearne Valley Leisure Centre on Tuesday 9 April from 6pm – 7pm.

The second session, which is delivered in partnership with Athersley Recreation Football Club, will take place at Game On Girls Athersley Wildcats Football Centre on Thursday 18 April from 5pm – 6pm.

The sessions will then take place weekly and any young girls that are interested are encouraged to go along.

In order to create additional excitement ahead of the launch of each session, Game On coaches are delivering after school girls-only football activities at Castle Academy, Denaby Main Primary, Athersley South Primary School, Athersley North Primary School and Laithes Primary School.

For further details about the Game On programme and the variations of the activities that can be delivered for a range of ages and abilities please visit or call Kat Clarke on tel. 01226 270800.

Tags: Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Dearne Valley Leisure Centre, Football, Girls football, South Yorkshire