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Active Sports Girls Football
 
Links: Active Sports Girls Football coaching courses
            Active Sports Girls Football Framework
            The Football Association Website
 
This Page: Introduction
                    Stage One
                    Stage Two
                    Stage Three
                    Stage Four
 
 
Active Sports will enhance the development work of the FA and enable good practice to become standard practice across all Partnership Areas, for girls and young women aged 10-16.
 
The FA will benefit, through a positive approach to sports equity, by widening access to the sport, thereby increasing the potential talent base from which to recruit players, coaches, officials and other volunteers. Young female players will benefit from a coordinated programme of quality local coaching and competitions enabling them to progress through the player pathway and realise their potential.
 
The FA will be able to improve the quality of junior clubs and the skills and expertise of coaches, officials and volunteers within them. It will also be able to increase the number of young players entering club level football through the establishment of a school-club link scheme. Talented young girls will benefit from the establishment of a network of coaching centres performing a vital link between club football and the excellence programme. A pool of good-quality coaches, officials and other volunteers will be developed, to support the development of football for girls and young women.
 
Sport England developed this overall approach working in consultation with all ten of the participating sports. But each sport has different development requirements, so each has produced its own specific framework to guide the local programmes.
The Football Association has invested considerable thought and effort in planning how to make Active Sports work for football. We have produced a detailed framework that we believe will deliver the best results for girls' football.
 
The framework consists of four distinct stages.
 
 
Stage One aims to attract those under 12-, 14- and 16-year-olds who have already learnt the basics of the game, usually in school, and who now wish to take their involvement further. These young players will get the opportunity to participate in new inter-school competitions during the season. The competitions will be coordinated to meet local needs and demands and based on leagues or festivals. Between September and April we will also be providing eight-week coaching programmes for under-12 and under-14 groups linked to local clubs.
 
Click here for further information on Active Sports Girls Football Coaching Courses.
 
 
This stage takes place between September and April, and includes developing and setting up quality junior clubs. These organisations will be responsible for providing regular coaching, competition and social programmes so that young players can continue to improve their skills and enjoy the benefits of regular competition throughout the season. Such clubs will be developed not only to satisfy Active Sports' minimum standards relating to safe play and equal opportunities, but also to provide quality coaching and competition that meet the Football Association's Charter Standard criteria.
 
Click here for further information on Club Development.
 
 
This third stage concentrates on the most effective way of assessing the abilities of those girls who are participating at local level in schools and clubs and want to take their involvement with football further. They will be recommended by their schools and clubs and, between September and October, selected for our Coaching Centres or Centres of Excellence through a mix of technical practices and small-sided games in four one-and-a-half-hour assessment sessions.
 
 
Those identified at Stage Three as having ability and talent will get additional coaching at under-12, -14 and -16 development squads at Coaching Centres. These squads will provide a minimum of one-and-a-half-hours' coaching per week over a 20-week period between October and April, and act as feeders to our Centres of Excellence.
 
We also feel very strongly as a sport that we could be doing even more to attract those sections of the community that have yet to enjoy football, especially girls' football. That is why we are committed to using Active Sports as a way of targeting those groups that are under-represented in our sport, especially young women and those from disadvantaged areas.
 
Our programme is now in place and we have trained development teams on hand around the country to ensure that our Girls' Football Action Groups have everything they need to implement Active Sports at the local level.
 
 
 
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