With the announcement of Women in Football’s ‘Get Onside’ initiative, we've made our own commitment to support the campaign.
Having previously pledged to give all girls the opportunity to play football in school as part of Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign in 2019, we're determined to continue our work within the women’s and girls’ pathway with a further commitment.
Our pledge is aligned to making transformational change across the club network in England, to facilitate 1000 clubs offering a full girls' pathway (age 10-16). This will create an infrastructure and network to dramatically enhance opportunities for girls to play the game, in a structured and sustainable way.
These clubs will be fully embedded within the England Football Accredited Club programme to ensure delivery is of the highest standard and the experiences these girls have set them up for a life-long love of the game.
Kelly Simmons, our director of the women’s professional game, said: “The FA is pleased to once again support Women in Football’s latest campaign, with those previously launched having generated such positive conversation and action.
“I'm delighted to be able to make another pledge on behalf of the FA, which is a natural progression for our previous pledge regarding enabling all girls in schools to have the opportunity to play football. Having introduced girls to the game, it’s vital there are local, regular high quality playing opportunities in all communities across England.”