Free footy for girls

by Foundation of Light

Girls play for FREE thanks to new programme.

The FA, Sport England, Premier League and The Football League have joined together to give more women and girls the opportunity to take part in football sessions thanks to the new FA Women and Girls’ programme.

A £2.4m investment over the next two years from Sport England will see the Premier League and Football League clubs deliver season-long coaching programmes to over 40,000 new female players try the sport.

This is the first time The FA, Premier League and The Football League have worked together to deliver a grassroots women’s football programme, with a total of 88 clubs trusts across the country working in tandem with county FAs, schools, colleges and universities to deliver the sessions through Level 2 qualified coaches.

The Foundation of Light will deliver up to 12 new sessions to develop our women and girls football. Working across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead and Durham we will create new sessions designed to encourage up to 190 young females, aged 14-25 years with the opportunity to participate football in a high quality, fun and engaging coaching sessions.

Through the setting up of the sessions we are aiming for the participants to transition into local clubs and if we spot potential we will signpost participants into the clubs Girls’ Centre of Excellence.

Caroline Ames the Foundation of Light’s Female Football Development Officer commented:  “We’re absolutely delighted at this new development which will give even more youngsters the chance to play sport. It doesn’t matter what your ability level is, our sessions are designed to give everyone the chance to develop skills, improve their fitness and have fun.”

All sessions are FREE and underway, so simply turn up and play


Day and Time

Indoor or Out

Gateshead College, Academy for Sport, NE10 0EF

Monday – 4:30pm-5:30pm

Outdoor 3G pitch

The Hermitage, Chester-le-Street, DH2 3AD

Tuesday – 3:30pm-4:30pm

Outdoor Grass/3G pitch

University of Sunderland, CitySpace, SR1 3SD

Tuesday – 5:00pm-6:00pm

Indoor (Futsal)

Washington Millennium Centre, The Oval, NE37 2QD

Wednesday – 5:00pm-6:00pm

Outdoor 3G pitch

Marsden Road Health Centre, South Shields, NE34 6RE

Wednesday – 6:30pm-7:30pm

Indoor Sports hall

Abbey Leisure Centre, Durham, DH1 5DQ

Friday – 5:00pm-6:00pm

Indoor Sports Hall

Goals Soccer Centre, Sunderland, SR3 4AG

Friday – 6:00pm-7:00pm

Outdoor 3G pitch (Specialised deaf session)

For more information participants should contact Caroline Ames on or 0191 551 5191