Women’s and girls’ grassroots football has received a boost with news that the Football Association, Premier League and the Football League have joined forces to deliver a grassroots scheme aimed at increasing the number of young women playing the game.
The new FA Women’s and Girls’ Programme will provide new grassroots sessions for 14-25-year-olds via professional clubs across the country, with investment of £2.4m of Sport England funding over the next two years.
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The Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme – the Tesco Bank Football Challenge – has reached its four-year target of getting 72,000 children active six months ahead of schedule.
Ex-Scotland and Rangers defender David Weir, now a Scottish youth ambassador, announced the milestone for the community programme that introduces football to Primary Two and Primary Three children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.
Grassroots football in England has been boosted by news of a £102m of investment into local football facilities over the next three years.
The newly-named Premier League & FA Facilities Fund sees investment from these two regular funding partners along with the Government, via Sport England, towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
Gary Lineker has called for a “parental cultural revolution” in youth football in a bid to improve the long-term fortunes of English football.
The Match of the Day presenter and England’s second-highest ever goalscorer is fed up of “maniacal parents on the touchline spouting nonsense at their children”, which he believes acts as a hindrance to the development of young players.