Women and Girls

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In Surrey we have over 2,200 women and girls playing football, who are involved in mini soccer all the way up to adult ladie's teams. Many of these clubs run parallel men’s sides but some exist on their own as just a girls club with many different age ranges and teams.

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.

Leagues

 - 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.

Coaching

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Female Bursary Scheme
 - Surrey Women and Girls Coaches Association

Elite Player Pathway

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Centre of Excellence at Chelsea FC 
 -  Surrey Player Development Centre
 - 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 Football

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Surrey Schools FA
 - Women and Girls Academies in Surrey:
          
Kingston College Academy
         Carshalton Athletic Girls Football Academy
         Chelsea FC

Project 500

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.burr@surreyfa.com or 01372384742. Jon can also be contacted if you need a personalised KickStart poster (found below).

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