17 March 2023  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

A group of Year 7 and 8 girls had a fabulous afternoon taking part in #LetGirlsPlay. This was a nationwide event promoting girls’ participation in football with schools up and down the country involved in football activities and tournaments. The concept behind the event is to give girls the opportunity to play football whether that be competitively or recreationally. The afternoon saw four secondary schools in attendance – Richmond, SFX, Wensleydale and Thirsk.  The students participated in a round robin tournament as well as activities such as Football Archery, King of the Ring and Penalty Shoot Out when they weren’t playing their fixtures. The event was run by Miss Johnson with student leaders assisting in refereeing the games and running the activity sessions. The tournament was won by SFX, with Richmond coming in a close second. Thirsk and Wensleydale were joint third on matching points.

Beth Johnson, Cover Officer and Girls Football Development Coordinator, “There is a real push for girls in football since the Lionesses’ Euro win in the summer and I love that this is now part of my job. It was a real joy to see so many girls playing and asking about pathways into local teams. Despite the cold weather, everyone had a smile on their face and there was a real feeling of knowing that they were a part of something quite special.  As a female footballer myself, I am so passionate about this topic with girls getting equal opportunities to play and that there are opportunities available to them both in and outside of school. The event being on International Women’s Day was the icing on the cake!”

The inaugural event was hosted by the FA and Barclays’ and over 90,000 girls from 1,450 schools took to pitches across the UK.  You can find out more here.


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