STOKE CITY work in partnership with the FA to try and engage more female footballers within the game.
The Club's Community Trust PL Girls project works alongside a number of partners from schools, colleges, universities and community football clubs.
The Trust delivers high quality coaching by making sure the sessions are as fun as possible. Music is frequently used to increase the intensity of the sessions and there is regular consultation with females who attend to ensure that their needs are met.
The idea is to create a better pathway for players to reach their goals by offering girls-only advanced training centres for further coaching.
Girls train on a weekly basis where their talent is developed suitably for the next stage of the pathway, which is the Girls Centre of Excellence.
Girls not involved in grassroots football can also benefit from the Club's great relationship with local teams and help and advice is available for those looking to increase their playing time.
Having targets to hit, the Trust have ensured they've hit them by delivering the best quality coaching and by making sure the sessions are as fun as possible. One technique that is used very often is playing music at the sessions. The project feels this adds real vibe to the session which ups the tempo.
In the school holidays, a number of girls-only soccer schools are also operated across venues in the local area.
For more information, contact Girls' and Women's Development Officer Andrew Frost by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls Centre of Excellence
Advanced Training Centre
invitation only; players referred by Community coaches
Chartered Standard Football Clubs
After school clubs, PL satellite club, Soccer Schools, Grassroots