Funding boost to help get more girls into football

Excited - keeper Jaidene Browne and other pupils

Excited - keeper Jaidene Browne and other pupils

First published in Local News

A SPECIALIST sports college has received funding to encourage schools across Castle Point and Rochford to get more girls into football.

The Deanes School in Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, has been awarded around £2,000 from the Essex and Southend Sports Trust to launch a series of projects aimed at getting more schoolgirls in both boroughs to take up the sport.

Sixteen primary schools have already taken part in taster sessions in football coaching to find out more about the scheme which could target around 500 girls in the area.

Plans are already in the pipeline to start up a holiday coaching camp, competitions and the first Castle Point and Rochford district girls sports team for year seven and eight pupils.

Steve Bish, partnership development manager at the school, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. In a time when the country is experiencing all these public sector cuts it makes it really difficult for us to get funding for projects like this.

“It’s so important for us to do our upmost to get girls into sports. The Olympic team did so well this year, and we want to build on that success and hopefully we could pave the way for future athletes. So far the response has been extremely positive.”

The school is set to undergo a major transformation in the next few years, as Essex County Council has earmarked £23million to merge the Deanes School and Glenwood School in a modern new building which is expected to include new sports facilities.

It has already seen the creation of a new £1.5million 43-place purpose-built nursery called Enchanted Wood.

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5:14pm Tue 11 Dec 12

sunshine07 says...

what would be good for girls football is if we follow the example of the usa , they quite often put on a girls match before a mens match which would help promote girls football . Its not as popular over here our daughter has played football for the last 10 years and its only in the past few years we have seen girls football being a bit more respected.
what would be good for girls football is if we follow the example of the usa , they quite often put on a girls match before a mens match which would help promote girls football . Its not as popular over here our daughter has played football for the last 10 years and its only in the past few years we have seen girls football being a bit more respected. sunshine07
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5:14pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Aint it just the truth says...

Why?! Most girls have more sense than to play football, the most useless human activity on earth.
Why?! Most girls have more sense than to play football, the most useless human activity on earth. Aint it just the truth
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7:11pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

Nice to see the girls booting the balls about.
Nice to see the girls booting the balls about. Brunning999
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8:31am Wed 12 Dec 12

smiffy1980 says...

Aint it just the truth wrote:
Why?! Most girls have more sense than to play football, the most useless human activity on earth.
So why put the boot in on that . Whats wrong with football or women playing football to make you say its the most useless human activity on earth ?

Good luck getting more people (regardless of sex) into sports in the local community. Anything is better than being stuck indoors on xbox's all day.
[quote][p][bold]Aint it just the truth[/bold] wrote: Why?! Most girls have more sense than to play football, the most useless human activity on earth.[/p][/quote]So why put the boot in on that . Whats wrong with football or women playing football to make you say its the most useless human activity on earth ? Good luck getting more people (regardless of sex) into sports in the local community. Anything is better than being stuck indoors on xbox's all day. smiffy1980
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9:06am Wed 12 Dec 12

perini says...

Maybe they don't WANT to play football!!! Just a thought!
Maybe they don't WANT to play football!!! Just a thought! perini
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5:30pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Aint it just the truth says...

smiffy1980 wrote:
Aint it just the truth wrote: Why?! Most girls have more sense than to play football, the most useless human activity on earth.
So why put the boot in on that . Whats wrong with football or women playing football to make you say its the most useless human activity on earth ? Good luck getting more people (regardless of sex) into sports in the local community. Anything is better than being stuck indoors on xbox's all day.
They tried this when my daughter was in primary school thirty years ago but soon gave it up because none of the girls were interested in playing football apart from one particularly butch girl.
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I agree that 'almost' anything is better than being stuck indoors on the PS3/XBox, except football. The only skill that you learn from football is how to kick and heckle. What use is that in the real world? I also agree with some of the grammar schools who say that football encourages an undesirable level of rowdy behaviour. TRUE!
[quote][p][bold]smiffy1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aint it just the truth[/bold] wrote: Why?! Most girls have more sense than to play football, the most useless human activity on earth.[/p][/quote]So why put the boot in on that . Whats wrong with football or women playing football to make you say its the most useless human activity on earth ? Good luck getting more people (regardless of sex) into sports in the local community. Anything is better than being stuck indoors on xbox's all day.[/p][/quote]They tried this when my daughter was in primary school thirty years ago but soon gave it up because none of the girls were interested in playing football apart from one particularly butch girl. . I agree that 'almost' anything is better than being stuck indoors on the PS3/XBox, except football. The only skill that you learn from football is how to kick and heckle. What use is that in the real world? I also agree with some of the grammar schools who say that football encourages an undesirable level of rowdy behaviour. TRUE! Aint it just the truth
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