Barclays Girls’ Football School Partnerships by England Football (BGFSPs) is a nationwide scheme that aims to mainstream football in schools for girls. Supported by the Youth Sport Trust the initiative will create a network of 300 BGFSPs by 2024, each with a dedicated education expert with knowledge and understanding of education and girls’ football in their local area.
You can visit the Girls Football in Schools website by clicking here: https://girlsfootballinschools.org/
The Stevenage Sporting Futures Team are proud to be a FA Girls Partnership.
The Partnerships will work with families of schools at primary and secondary levels to develop girls in and through football in an educational-based setting. The Partnerships will increase opportunities for girls to play the game in and out of curriculum time in an educational setting, with the ultimate vision that ‘Every girl has equal access to football in school by 2024’
So how does it work?
To help meet this vision, there are 2 specific programmes which will be used – the FA Shooting Stars for Primary and Game of our Own for Secondaries.
The FA Shooting Stars programme inspired by Disney is made up of two initiatives; Active Play Through Story Telling and Girls’ Football Clubs, both have been developed to support the engagement of girls aged 5-11 years old. The programme is designed to appeal to all girls using the different Disney characters and bringing these to life within the sessions. This leads on to transitioning girls into extracurricular clubs, which will begin to support the competitive opportunities created as a result. To find out more, click the image below.
The Game of Our Own programme provides training and support for secondary school teachers to support them to engage girls in curriculum physical education through a life skills approach, using football as the vehicle. In addition, the programme aims to support and develop young female leaders through its young leaders training and support package. To find out more, click the image below.
The Next Step
After completing curriculum and extra-curricular sessions at school, girls that enjoy football will be encouraged to join their local club or a Weetabix Wild Cats (Primary) or Squad Girls (Secondary) session.
Weetabix Wild Cats
Wild Cats is non-competitive football for girls who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new amazing friends.
COMING SOON – The aim for this new and exciting programme is to provide girls between the ages of 12-14 a fun, relevant and engaging recreational offer that allows them to develop themselves as much as their football skills in a safe, inclusive environment.
Local Girls Football Clubs in Stevenage
|Knebworth FC||Knebworth Recreation Ground, Off Watton Road, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6AH|
|Stevenage Starlets||The Thomas Alleyne Academy, High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3BE|
|Bedwell Rangers||Various training and match day venues.|
Primary – FA Shooting Stars programme inspired by Disney. Face to Face CPD course took place in January 2022. A new course will be delivered in the 2022-23 academic year.
If you are interested in being part of the programme or have any questions, please contact the Strategic Lead for Stevenage Girls Football School Partnership – Regan Carolan to discuss this further: firstname.lastname@example.org