With the FIFA World Cup taking place this summer girls are being encouraged to get fit and active at youth football sessions in Enfield.
Whitewebbs Eagles FC are taking part in The FA and SSE Wildcats programme at the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London (CONEL) from 18 April.
The FA Charter Standard club will host the sessions for girls aged five to 11 at the College’s new 3G football pitch at its Enfield Centre every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
SSE Wildcats is run in partnership with SSE, sponsor of the Women’s FA Cup, to inspire girls to participate in football and get them involved more in sport.
Recent research by The FA shows that only 41 per cent of girls aged 10 play football compared to 95 per cent of boys of the same age.
More than 200 centres in England took part in in 2017 with the scheme now extended to a further 900 centres and 26,000 participants across the country.
“We want to give as many girls as possible the chance to play the beautiful game,” said Julie Carter, chairman of Whitewebbs Eagles FC.
“The Wildcats football sessions will provide a safe environment where girls with or without any football experience can have fun engaging with sport, developing skills, learn new things and hopefully gain a lifelong love of sport.”
Whitewebbs Eagles are also holding a Girls Football Week from 23-29 April, which will include a visit by Arsenal Women and England Under 18s player Grace Neville, who used to play for the club, on 25 April.
The club moved to its new home at CONEL after the £770,000 3G football pitch was opened by former Tottenham Hotspur and England footballer Ledley King last November.
The pitch was made possible thanks to the support of Middlesex FA to secure a £540,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
The pitch is also home to the College’s Football Academy, run in partnership with Leyton Orient FC, which has competed in tournaments both in England and abroad.
The pitch and other sports facilities, including a sports hall, gym and physio sessions, are available to hire by calling 020 8442 3676 or at www.conel.ac.uk/sporthire.
- Last Updated: 10 April 2018