In November 2013 RUCST received funding from the Football League Trust, the FA and Sport England to run opportunities for girls 14-25 to participate in football.The programme sees us working at 8 different venues a week, providing fun coaching sessions to a minimum of 15 girls per session for a block of 10 weeks. This funding is enabling the Trust to engage even more girls onto the first step of the girl’s football ladder.
Since receiving the funding, RUCST has formalised links with Brinsworth Whitehill Girls JFC and set up two teams at under 14 and under 18 called Rotherham United WGFC. Up to the present date, we have had nearly 140 girls take part in the girls only sessions of which 5 have gone on to play for the team as well as having many more take part in football for the first time.
Head of Community Jamie Noble said "The start that we have made delivering the new sessions and also signposting girls to the team is brilliant. They were really struggling at the start of the season for numbers but now they have enough to compete every week."
“With the emergence of the Women's Super League and people like BT Sport supporting the coverage as well as the Football League Trust, the FA and Sport England putting resources into increasing participation, it has really been a shot in the arm for ladies football.”
Lee Cardwell “We at Brinsworth Whitehill have run girls teams for a number of years but were finding it difficult to attract new girls to football. We also wanted an outlet for when the girls finish at under 18’s level.
“The partnership with Rotherham United and Rotherham United Ladies enables us to develop girls’ football locally. It is great to see so many girls taking part in football and already we are looking at introducing two new team to the league next season."
For information on the girls courses and holiday soccer camps contact James Rawlinson on:
Telephone: 01709 827767
For information on Rotherham United WGFC call Lee on:
Mobile 07518 392353
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