Girls encouraged to start playing football

Initiative seeks to get more young girls playing football in Royston

GIRLS in Royston are being encouraged to take up football as part of the FA 3 Lions FC programme.

The aim of the programme, which was launched last year and was successful in founding two new girls’ football teams, is to increase the number of girls regularly participating in football and to strengthen the girls’ section of Royston Town Football Club. It is being funded by both the Hertfordshire FA and Royston Town Football Club.

The 2011 programme began in March with a series of taster sessions being delivered to girls in Years 3 and 4 across nearly all of Royston’s first schools.

These sessions were an introduction to football, and included skills-based activities aimed at providing fun and enjoyment within a structured environment.

Following on from the remainder of the taster sessions, Royston Town FC will hold a six-week coaching programme at Meridian School starting on Saturday, May 7, between 9am-10am. It is completely free of charge, and an opportunity for enthusiastic young girls to improve their football ability.

Throughout the programme, Royston Town will select a team to represent the district in this year’s Herts Youth Games which take place on Saturday, June 18.

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Any parents wanting more information on this should contact Meridian School’s sports development officer, Jenny Probert, on 01763 255462 or