Premier League Girls Football

Group of female footballers wearing UV paint prepare for a photo

Premier League Girls Football

This Premier League Girls Football project is aimed at females in the age range of 11 – 25, and operates at 12 Satellite clubs around the Teesside area, predominantly ran by female coaches.

The satellite clubs are located mainly in secondary schools and ran continuously throughout the year for at least 30 weeks of the academic year.

The project aim is to increase participation in female football nationwide and is funded and supported by the FA.   Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation works with the North Riding FA  to foster the sport and encourage the transition into local football teams.

Over the last two years the programme has worked with the FA / Premier League, who encourage clubs such as ours to enter teams into national competitions, with the most recent two at Wembley Stadium.  These events were both followed by tickets to see National and International female football being played at the stadium.

MFC Foundation has had many successes. and last year Trinity Girls football team were awarded “Team of the Year” at the Regional Awards evening hosted by Hull Tigers.

Working in conjunction with Sunderland AFC, our girls have been involved with Ultra-Violet football (sometimes called ‘glow in the dark’ football), and more recently at an event in Hull the girls were given the opportunity to try out Bubble Football.

In this current year following local elimination rounds, we had a girls’ team (Under 13 years) travelling to Chelsea to compete in the Premier League National Championships at Stamford Bridge.

As well as the opportunity to compete at all levels from inter-club through to national, there are opportunities for girls to act as volunteers, and in some instances as Ambassadors for Sport.  Opportunities exist for individuals to train as FA Level One coaches, or even as referees which both helps coaches to share the load, whilst also gaining experience.

‘Back to Football’ has proved to be a big success, held at the Herlingshaw Centre in South Bank. The sessions are aimed at older females who used to play football in their junior years, and are looking at returning to playing in a both friendly and amateur-orientated platform.

For details on your nearest site contact Rachel Horsley on 07758 231 008 or through email on Rachel.Horsley@MFCFoundation.co.uk

* New Girls Tournament *

We are inviting teams to join our U14 girls Football League!

📅 Monday’s, 7pm – 8pm

📧 rachel.horsley@mfcfoundation.co.uk

 

 


Charlie Is A Coach To The Core

One day Charlie Morris hopes to run her own team but for now she’s happy putting in all the hours she can learning every day from the chance she has been given.

When we meet during one of her sessions across one of the many projects she works on with MFC Foundation, hoping to gain a Coach Core qualification, she is putting a group of around 30 girls aged between five and nine through a warm-up exercise at the Herlingshaw Centre in Eston.

“I’ve been there,” she says. “I started playing football when I was two, I can relate to where they are now. Some like football, some have no idea what to do, but we have fun. At this age, it is about them enjoying themselves. If they are, then that gives me confidence.

“When I was younger there was none of these courses, now there are a few.”

There is an acknowledgement that as a young woman she is in a minority in a sport still dominated by males. But, she says, that’s changing.

“There are not many opportunities for women in coaching right now, not compared to men. It’s changing now though, already I can see a difference after the Women’s World Cup and the netball World Cup.

“I largely work with girls, but I do coach boys too sometimes. Some boys tell me I don’t know what I’m doing, but I do. It’s very important to be given a chance to show what you can do and I’m grateful for that.

“I love football, I’m a Boro fan, one day I’d like to run my own team, run my own drills and training sessions.

“I wasn’t really good at school, not at English and Maths anyway, PE was the only thing I was good at so coaching seemed a good idea.

“I’ve had help along the way in the three or four years I’ve been coaching, I did it in college too. I learn from each of the coaches I work with or under, the good and bad bits!

“One day I hope I’ll be in a position to help other people who want to take the same route as me.”