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Football day encourages more girls in Sussex to play the sport

A large group of young girls wearing sportswear and Brighton and Hove Albion bibs kneeling on the ground in front of the American Express Elite football Performance Centre building on the football pitch
The Girls' Football Day

Football day encourages more girls in Sussex to play the sport

Around 60 girls from schools across Sussex had the opportunity to play football and interact with Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s Super League first team players last month.

Pupils invited to the Community Pitch at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, in Lancing, came from Newhaven’s Breakwater Academy and Denton Community Primary School, Cradle Hill Community Primary School Seaford and Summerlea Community Primary School Rustington.

The Girls’ Football Day on March 13 was delivered by Brighton & Hove Albion Foundation (BHAFC Foundation),  and aimed to introduce young girls, aged 9-11, to the sport in a fun, non-competitive environment, demonstrating that everyone can feel welcome in football.

The day was tailored specifically for girls who might be new to football, do not play regularly or have limited experience.

Participants were identified by their school as showing an interest in learning more about the game, but haven’t had the confidence to get involved before.

Led by BHAFC Foundation qualified coaches, the day consisted of skills-based football activities and challenges and friendly small-sided games comprising teams with players from across the schools.

During the day, Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s Super League first team players Katie Robinson, Maisie Symonds, and Elisabeth Terland took part in a Q&A about their football experiences, and awarded medals to all the participants as a reward for their attendance.

BHAFC Foundation is the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

The charity delivered the event in partnership with American Express and during the day ten American Express colleague volunteers supported the event, assisted the coaches, and helped provide encouragement to participants.

Beverly Sawyers, senior vice president at American Express, said:

“Taster sessions like today open up the game to girls who have an interest in football but might not have had the opportunity or confidence to give football a go.

“It creates a level playing field in the sport regardless of ability. We hope it will encourage more girls to see football as a game for them and continue playing.”

The Girls’ Football Day forms part of the company’s colleague volunteer programme that combines the power of football with passion of American Express colleagues to support local communities across Sussex.

For more information about future sessions, call 01273 878277 or email schools@bhafcfoundation.org.uk

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