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FA to provide grass roots coaching sessions for women

The FA and Sport England are joining forces with the Premier League and Football League to provide grass roots women’s and girls’ sessions for 14-25-year-olds.

With an investment of over £2.4 million over the next two years from Sport England, the new programme will see Premier League and Football League clubs deliver season-long coaching programmes designed to attract over 40,000 new female players into the sport.

It’s hoped it will boost participation levels for women’s football and enable the sport to become the second largest team sport in the country behind men’s football, a key objective of The FA’s ‘Game Changer’ five-year plan launched in October 2012.

88 clubs’ trusts will deliver the sessions through Level 2 qualified coaches, with each club delivering programmes and working in tandem with County FAs, schools, colleges and universities.

Alex Horne, The FA’s general secretary, says: “This is a fantastic initiative which sees The FA, Premier League, Football League and Sport England all working together to promote and grow the women’s game, the first time we have collaborated on developing a grass roots programme for the sport.

“The professional clubs’ brands will attract more players and we know that qualified coaches will deliver top class coaching sessions just where we need them.”

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