19 October 2020
The Football Association has unveiled a new four-year strategy for the women’s game which it says “pledges to create a sustainable future for women’s and girls’ football in England”.
Its Inspiring Positive Change strategy has eight transformational objectives to be achieved by 2024 including every primary school-aged girl to have equal access to football in school and in clubs.
The strategy outlines The FA’s objectives as follows:
EARLY PARTICIPATION – Every primary school-aged girl to have equal access to football in school and in clubs
DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPATION – Every girl to have equal access to participate for fun, for competition and for excellence
CLUB PLAYER PATHWAY – Collaborate with clubs to develop an effective high- performance, inclusive player-centred pathway
ELITE DOMESTIC LEAGUES AND COMPETITIONS – Create the best professional women’s sports leagues and competitions in the world
ENGLAND – Win a major tournament
FOOTBALL FOR ALL – Recruit and support a motivated, diverse range of local leaders organising football for their communities
COACHING – Support the development of exceptional coaches at every level of the
game who are representative of our society
REFEREEING – Ensure that every female referee afforded high-quality bespoke learning and development opportunities from grassroots through to the elite game
The strategy will see football embedded for girls in schools, as part of the PE curriculum and in after- school sessions, setting the target that 90% of schools [both primary and secondary] in England to become part of The FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships network, supported by Barclays. Away from school, it pledges to provide every girl with a Wildcats programme within easy travelling distance of their home.
Working alongside national partners, specialist community groups, and national inclusion advisory groups such as The FA Asian Women in Football Advisory Group and The FA Refugees and Asylum- Seekers in Football network, the strategy will identify, develop and support female leaders from diverse communities.
Crucial to the vision of more England-qualified players and world-class players within our system, will be a well-signposted, inclusive and accessible club player pathway. Supporting the recruitment, development and transition of players, the pathway will also consider their needs from tactical, technical, psychological, physiological, social and dual-career perspective.
Attracting and developing world-class players, maximising and engaging audiences and growing commercial revenue will be central to the ambition of establishing England as the home of the world’s best professional women’s sports leagues and competitions.
Success with the national teams is underpinned by the new England women’s ‘Blueprint for Success’, creating an environment for all England-qualified talent to pursue and fulfil their dreams at the UEFA Women’s EURO Championships 2022 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
The strategy also commits formal learning opportunities for every coach at all levels of the game and the establishment of a sustainable refereeing recruitment strategy embedded into local communities, clubs and Higher Education and Further Education establishments.
To download the strategy, click here.
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