The FA has launched a new campaign – Let Girls Play – which supports the ambition to give all girls equal access to play football in schools across England by 2024.
Only 63 per cent of schools currently offer girls’ football in PE lessons and the FA ambition is to raise that to 75 per cent of schools by 2024.
The #LetGirlsPlay campaign supports this ambition by encouraging people to stop, listen and see how they can make a difference The campaign’s website provides resources to help influence the start of change and allow more girls to feel the mental and physical benefits of exercise through playing football.
A group of young women aged 14-18, all passionate about making a difference for girls who want to play football, have been brought together as a ‘Change Squad’. As long-standing powerful advocates, they will use their voices to help change long-held perceptions around the sport.
“Momentum is building as next summer’s UEFA Women’s EUROs gets ever closer, but we do not want to wait until then to inspire and empower others to help create equal access to playing football at school,” said FA Director of Women’s Football Baroness Sue Campbell.
“Currently, only a third of girls aged 5-18 participate in football every week, and we want to change that. Now is the time to drive a far-reaching ambition to open up the game in every way to girls and the Let Girls Play campaign allows parents and teachers to play a huge role in joining us in this commitment.”
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