RFF Manchester has partnered up with GreaterSport to help inspire girls in Salford through the Sportivate Programme. We want to get more in-active young women back into sports!
Our joint project began with a consultation with a cohort of girls from year 10 at UTC Media City UK. Here ideas of an all-girls football, dance or dodgeball project came to surface. Discussion led to how football at the school was very male dominated and there weren’t really any opportunities for female beginners who wanted to try it out. We all agreed we would create a safe and fun environment in which the girls could try something new. Football was their chosen sport so together we initially arranged eight training sessions to take place at their school every week, with 30 minutes of healthy smoothie making and girl talk to follow!!!
Further to this RFF wanted to help the girls gain confidence and learn new skills so suggested the idea of working towards a Level 1 Sports Leaders Award. Through this 3-day accredited course the girls would learn how to assist in delivering a sports session for other inactive young people! The girls would then utilise all their new skills and knowledge during a 4-week voluntary work placement opportunity with RFF coaching multi-sports in Salford!
The girls decided that they would become the RFF All Girls Football Club! Thanks to GreaterSport they designed and custom made their own team strip including the Manchester bee!
The training sessions then got underway! In order to coach the girls RFF Manchester called upon Jordan and Lauren, previous participants of RFF programmes who were now ready to make the step into the roles of paid sessional staff members. You can read more about their stories here: http://bit.ly/2Dw4LKc.
The football training sessions have been a great success! Watching the skills and confidence grown in both the players and coaches has been absolutely fantastic. The girls have really enjoyed the sessions, Poppy and Georgia told us how they loved learning a lot of great skills and feel more motivated to keep playing sports. Before the programme all the girls had never played football and rarely took part in their own PE sessions.
The girls are all now playing sports at least once per week and we have managed to continue our weekly training sessions at UTC to keep the girls engaged and active.
In more recent weeks the girls have begun to think about and practice leading their own sports activities in preparation for the next stage of their project.
On the 28th of February, the girls completed their Level 1 Sports Leaders qualification. Ellie who took part in the qualification said she’d “…learnt important life skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork! I’m really looking forward to coaching and gaining some work experience for my c.v”.
RFF Manchester would like to thank GreaterSport, Lark Hill Primary School and UTC Media City for supporting us in creating this opportunity!