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It was recognised that there was a lack of opportunities in the area for girls to try football and see if it was for them and then go on to join a team if they decided they wanted to play regularly.

Laverstock Academy Proving a Hit

Girls in the South of the County are being encouraged to become the next England Lioness with regular opportunities to play football being provided by Laverstock & Ford Sports Club. These girls only sessions have been created for girls exclusively in a fun and engaging environment and have been running since April 2017 and are to run all year round.

It was recognised that there was a lack of opportunities in the area for girls to try football and see if it was for them and then go on to join a team if they decided they wanted to play regularly.

Wiltshire FA and Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP) supported the project and helped Laverstock & Ford Sports Club set up and develop these sessions. Collectively they could purchase some LED floodlights so that the girls could still train during the dark evenings.

As part of the Wildcats Girls Football Clubs initiative being run by the Wiltshire FA across the county they could help partly fund the sessions for 5 – 11 yr olds. The Wildcats Girls Football project is an integral part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020 and has been established in a partnership between The FA and SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

The Laverstock Academy sessions are for Girls aged from 5 – 16 yrs old and take place on a weekly basis outside at the Sports Club and provide a safe environment where girls with no football experience or previous experience can have fun with the sport whilst learning new things and more importantly make new friends.

Organiser Karen Musselwhite commented; “'Prior to the Summer we had over 35 girls attending the sessions and now following the summer holidays the sessions are back and we are looking forward to welcoming returning and new faces.”

Further details can be found below:

  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 5:15pm - 6:15pm
  • Where: Laverstock & Ford Sports Club
  • Ages: Open to all girls aged 5-16 years with all abilities welcome
  • Cost: First two sessions free and £3 there after

For more information on the centre please contact Karen on 07778 505534.

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