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U's Back FA' Girls Football Partnership

Equal access to football for all

13 October 2021

Oxford United are delighted to be supporting the FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships – supported by Barclays

In collaboration with Barclays and the Youth Sport Trust, the FA has launched a network of partnerships between itself and schools throughout England. All schools across Oxfordshire now have the opportunity to get involved in the vision for every girl to have equal access to football in schools by 2024.

Manager Karl Robinson, Head of Sports Science Chris Neville and Women’s captain Lauren Haynes all took time out of their busy schedules to talk to local schools two weeks ago and the U’s will continue to work with the initiative which is focussed on five areas:

  •             More girls being physically active with improved wellbeing
  •             Embedding girls’ football in secondary schools
  •             The growth in the women’s and girls’ football workforce
  •             Making the game more inclusive for all
  •             Collaboration with existing local football providers.

Chris Ellis, Head of School Engagement, Youth Sport Trust said

“The focus is to help girls become more physically active with improved well-being, increased physical literacy and help all girls develop the confidence and competence to play football at school and in a community setting.  

“Here in Oxfordshire The FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships are working in collaboration with local football and education providers, including Oxford United to create a clear, coherent pathway for girls at a local level to grow and develop in and through football.”

Through the scheme it is hoped that there will be a growth in  the women’s and girls’ football workforce in schools to sustain the growth of participation levels. It also help make the game more inclusive for all by increasing the number of BAME, SEND and girls from low income families who are participating and enjoying football whilst at school.

If you are a school in the county and want to help achieve the vision please contact Dean Woodham –

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