There are a number of organisations with people and websites who can help to develop girls’ football pathways in and around your local school community.
County FAs exist to govern all aspects of football in England. They are responsible for administering club and player registration as well as promoting development, they will run local coaching, refereeing, safeguarding and first aid courses and many will have focus groups and specific projects to support development of the female game.
Wildcats football centres offer girls aged 5-11 a chance to try football for the first time and provide regular opportunities to play. Sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends, at over 1,250 Wildcats centres across the country and are focused on helping girls make friends, have fun and be active through football. Wildcats football centres are a great next step for girls who have experienced the FA Shooting Stars programme at Primary School and there are also opportunities for schools to become host sites.
Launched in 2001, The FA Charter Standard Programme is the FA's accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues. Its goal is to raise standards in grassroots football, support the development of clubs and leagues, recognising and rewarding them for their commitment and achievements.
The FA Girls’ England Talent Pathway is in place to support the identification and development of those with elite potential. Regional Talent Clubs and Advanced Coaching Centres are accessible throughout England and will run open events for coaches and teachers so if you want to find out more about the Pathway and options for girls from your school is it worth making contact.
The Boot Room is the FA home for learning; it is a great place to visit if you are interested in finding out about football qualifications and CPD opportunities, it also has a wide variety of content including articles, interviews, videos and webinars.
The Lionesses Supporters Club is the official home of England’s faithful followers. Sign up for free to make the most of a host of exclusive benefits – none more so than receiving priority access to home match tickets.
Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
Available to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field. Teaching materials cover subjects from English and Maths to teamwork and PE, with free to download activity ideas, worksheets, lesson plans, fun assemblies and exclusive videos. Learning is connected to the real world of sport to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair-play. Professional football club staff work with teachers to deliver fun, educational sessions in a range of subjects within local partner schools.
AoC Sport is the lead organisation for sport and physical activity in 16+ education. AoC Sport is The FA’s sole Further Education (FE) partner, and its football delivery arm, English Colleges Football Association (ECFA), exists to promote, support and deliver an outstanding football experience for the FE sector and is shaped across five core pillars: Competition, Participation, Workforce, Community and Governance.