Everton in the Community Sport Development coaches staged a soccer tournament at the end of March for the benefit of local female pupils.
As part of the charity’s Premier League Women and Girls programme, eight local schools joined staff and apprentices at Prescot Soccer Centre for an afternoon of high-quality football.
All Saints of Kirkby emerged victorious in the eight-team competition, triumphing over Notre Dame via a penalty shootout after normal time failed to separate them.
It was yet more success for All Saints during its association with Everton in the Community; the school, formerly attended by current Everton Ladies captain Michelle Hinnigan, overcame 19 other Premier League clubs to be crowned champions in last season’s Premier League Schools Tournament at Manchester City’s Etihad stadium.
“Today has been a wonderful example of good football played by a talented bunch of girls in the right way,” said the Club’s official charity’s Assistant Co-ordinator & Sports coach Dale Davies. “It is vitally important that the Women and Girls programme engages with as many females as possible to let them know there are opportunities to play football available to them.”
The FA and Sport England joined forces with the Premier League and Football League to provide new grassroots football sessions for women and girls between the ages of 14 and 25, working in partnership with professional clubs across the country through the new Premier League Women and Girls programme.
With an investment of over £2.4m from Sport England, Everton in the Community has been delivering season-long coaching programmes within the city.
Historically, females have proved more difficult to engage in sporting activities than males once they reach secondary school. This programme is designed to re-engage females by offering more opportunities to play football and will look to reach out to over 40,000 individuals.
For more information on the programme, contact Everton in the Community's Sports Development manager, Jackie Twort via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.