Women and girls football is constantly growing and with 70,584 spectators watching Great Britain beat Brazil at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the sport is due to grow further.
Sport England’s Active People statistics highlighted that women’s football is the largest team sport in England, whilst being the fourth-largest sport overall, with 253,600 women playing the sport every month. With a review of the talent development plan, there are now 31 Girls Centres of Excellence as well as 29 Girls Player Development Centres. These centres provide the talent for the England Women’s Under-17 team that will form the host team for the UEFA Women’s Under-17 tournament in 2013 and a chance to qualify for the World Cup held in Cost Rica in 2014.
Female participation has seen registered girls youth teams increase from 4,500 to 5,143, and adult teams from 1,179 to 1,437. Alongside this, the FA Tesco Skills programme, started in 2007 aimed at 2-11 year olds, has had 3.8 million participants with 42% being female. School football for girls is available with coaches from Centres of Excellence providing coaching for teams such as Merrist Wood College in Guildford and the Alex Scott Academy at Kingston College .
In the county we have over 50 teams with female sections and nearly half of these have achieved FA Charter Standard status. The Surrey County FA offer schemes such as female-only coaching courses and tournaments with continual advice and support for clubs.
Looking for inspiration? Read England Under-17 internal Ella's blog - she started playing football right here in Surrey.
- FA Women's Super League
- Surrey County Women and Girls League
- NEW FOR THE 2012/13 SEASON - Under-9s 4v4 Football run by the Surrey County Women and Girls League. Documents detailing Format /Rules and Registration Form are below.
- In Surrey there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in football if you want to play on a more recreational basis. If you visit our Facebook page you will be able to see all current sessions & opportunities as well as use the page to make contact with other like minded people! Click here
- Female Bursary Scheme
- Surrey Women and Girls Coaches Association
Elite Player Pathway
- Centre of Excellence at Chelsea FC
- Surrey Player Development Centre (click here)
- We are fortunate that physiotherapist Suzanne Bowen, who runs Optimum Performance, offers a 10% discount to girls requiring treatment who are part of the PDC.
The Game Changer initiative outlines future plans for the women and girls game - click here for more information.
School & College Football
- Surrey Schools FA
Women and Girls Academies in Surrey:
Would you like to play football whilst studying for a BTEC Level 2/3 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Science? If so, Kingston College is the place to study for you.The trials will be held at:
Kingston University Sports Grounds
Old Kingston Road
Surrey KT4 7QH
Project 500 is a new campaign to address the imbalance in the number of female to male coaches and to create a more diverse workforce to drive growth in female participation in sport.
Project 500 aims to recruit, develop and/or deploy 500 female coaches across the seven South East counties between April 2013 and March 2015
To sign up and support Project 500, fill out this form.
For further details on any areas of women’s and girls football please contact Jon Burr on Jon.email@example.com or 01372384742. Jon can also be contacted if you need a personalised KickStart poster (found below).