'Women and Girls' project a hit

by Foundation of Light

Girls representing Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United FC take part in friendly.

Girls representing Sunderland AFC and Newcastle United FC took part in a friendly football match this week as part in the FA’s ‘Women and Girls’ project in the run up to the Tyne-Wear derby.

The FA Women and Girls project aims to help more female players get involved in football, with local charities, the Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation, offering in and out-of-school coaching opportunities.

Teams representing Belmont Community School from Durham and Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington took part in the good-natured, but spirited, seven-a-side match with Belmont’s team coming out the victors.

Liz Barton-Jones, Head of Inclusion at PL4S, commented:

“It’s great to give the girls opportunities like this to enjoy competitive sport and all the youngsters who took part really showed a great attitude as well as excellent skills.

“The FA Women and Girls project is a fantastic vehicle through which we’ve been able to help girls enjoy sport and we hope to be able to build upon its success.”

For further information about footballing opportunities for girls in South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham contact the Foundation of Light on 0191 5515191.