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Success for Foundation's PL Girls project

Posted on 6 August 2015  - 10:35

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Premier League Girls programme for 14 to 25-year-olds has been named the top performer nationally after figures revealed it had the highest engagement across the 34 professional football clubs participating in the initiative.

Over the last year, 386 girls aged 14 to 25 took part in the weekly football satellite sessions in the Club’s local boroughs of Haringey, Enfield, Waltham Forest, Barnet and Hertfordshire.

It is estimated that only 30 per cent of females nationwide participate in sporting activities on a weekly basis. To help drive female sports participation, the Foundation works with its partners to offer a range of mixed and girls-only programmes to help break down some of the barriers that prevent girls and women from accessing sport.

Premier League Girls sees the Foundation run free, girls-only sessions aimed at young girls living in some of our most disadvantaged communities. The initiative is based on the success of the Premier League 4 Sport model which uses the unique appeal of the Club and the expertise of Foundation coaches to engage young people in a range of sports.

Participants are given access to regular coaching sessions and the chance to play in regional and national competitions with peers.  Last weekend, participants were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the shadow of Wembley ahead of the Women’s FA Cup Final before being awarded tickets to watch the game between Chelsea and Notts County.

Lucy Peirce, Senior Sport Development Officer, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, said: “It’s great to see the girls get excited about playing in competitive games, especially after they’ve been training so hard all year. This particular programme has proven to be extremely popular with girls from our local community. Opportunities such as watching a women’s professional match at Wembley go a long way in helping to drive the aspirations of the young girls we work with.”

Premier League Girls and Women is a joint initiative between the Premier League, Football Association, Sport England and the Football League Trust.