Girl’s football programmes in West London
Fri 28 June 2019
If you live in West London and have a young girl who wants to get into football, then the good news is that there are plenty of different avenues into the sport for them no matter what their age or ability.
From football coaching academies to local leagues to taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by a forward thinking professional clubs, here are some of the best girls football programmes in West London.
SSE Wildcats football centres are the FA’s way of trying to get more girls into the game in order to meet their target of doubling female participation in football by 2020.
They offer girls aged five to 11 a chance to experience football for the first time and provide regular opportunities to play either at school or over weekends. The programme is focused on fun and developing a positive relationship between girls and football.
There are over 1,250 Wildcat centres across the United Kingdom with a fair proportion of those in London. Due to the number of clubs, the Middlesex FA has launched numerous centres across West London. All sessions are delivered by FA qualified coaches and their aim is to provide a safe and fun place for girls to try football and begin to develop key skills.
We Make Footballers: Girls Only Football
We Make Footballers offer professional coaching sessions in West London, Twickenham. Our girls only football programme welcomes players of all abilities ages 7-13.
The programme has been running for 2 years and is run by a female coaching team who are fully qualified FA coaches and played in local women’s football leagues. Coaches focus on helping players develop their technical ability, improve their fitness, make friends, learn the footballing fundamentals through games and most importantly have fun!
All of this is done in a fun, safe and friendly environment that caters for all abilities. If you’ve got a budding Steph Houghton who wants to get into football but isn’t sure where to start, then this can be a great way to help to introduce them to the basics.
For girls who are more advanced and looking to hone their craft with a view to possible getting into an academy or grassroots team, then We Make Footballers can help with that too. The company has club partnerships with local grassroots teams and strong links with professional clubs. They also run annual trials in partnership with the best London and Grassroots clubs!
With the first session being free, there really isn’t anything to lose.
Brentford Community Sports Trust
More and more professional football clubs are beginning to introduce programmes for women now as the FA attempts to grow the game in England and leading the way in West London are Brentford and their Community Sports Trust.
So far, the Bees’ Trust has engaged with more than 1,000 girls in the West London area through links with schools, hosting football festivals on the Griffin Park pitch and their own Wildcats Coaching Programme.
The Trust receives full support from the main football club. On International Women’s Day, Brentford captain Romaine Sawyers and winger Chiedozie Ogbene even took a coaching session for girls in the local area.
London County Saturday Youth Football League
The London County Saturday Youth Football League is one of the biggest leagues running across West London and the capital. As you can probably tell by the name, it runs on Saturday’s and consists of 42 different divisions which cater for every age and ability.
Among those divisions are a range of girl’s leagues. If you’ve got a girl who is looking to get into competitive football but you don’t know how to go about it, then find the club that is nearest to your local area and contact them asking about the possibility of joining.
West London is a great area for girl’s and women’s football with the Middlesex FA pushing for its growth and development. We hope that this article has helped provide you with more solutions on the best football programmes and