Year 8/9 Girls 5-a-side Football Competition
Over 50 Girls came together to compete in the Year 8/9 Girl 5-a-side Football Competition, where 5 teams braced the cold conditions. It was a great afternoon with some fantastic football, all the teams displayed some greta footballing skills. Please see the below table for the final standings:
Congratulations to Whickham (A) team who won the competition overall, closely followed by Cardinal Hume (B) who came second. I’d also like to say thank you to Whickham School and Sports College for kindly hosting the event and to their young leaders for their support during the event. I’m sure you’ll agree they did a fantastic job and we look forward to continuing our work with them in the future.
LINKED TO GIRLS FOOTBALL WEEK
This year we were luckily enough for our Football competition to fall in line with Girls’ Football Week. The FA launch this week to encourage more schools to run female-specific football sessions. The week ran from 5th - 11th October and has been developed from the success of previous Women’s Football Weeks, which were targeted at higher educational establishments. The week has been developed from the success of previous Women’s Football Weeks which began in Further Education in 2012, and spread to Higher Education in 2014. It is being delivered in partnership with Independent Schools FA, English Schools FA, Association of Colleges Sport and British Universities and Colleges Sport.
This year the programme has been extended to include primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities along with clubs and community groups who are also invited to participate. In 2014, more than 2,000 people took part in the sessions across 80 institutions. It is aimed that this year, 5,000 girls and women will play football during the week. Women’s football is the largest female team sport in the country and the third largest team sport after men’s football and cricket. During the FIFA Women’s World Cup, The FA launched #WeCanPlay, a campaign to encourage more females to play football.