Biggest Ever Football Session
9 Mar 2022
What an incredible day for girls’ football. 240 girls from 19 schools participated in the ‘biggest ever football session’ to promote girls participation in football as part of #LetGirlsPlay. Thanks to Mid Sussex Active for getting them involved.
Both astros were packed with young footballers. The bottom pitch hosted drills, whilst the top one saw some match play. They were trained by 13 of our sports coaches and a team of Ardingly girl footballers. The training was organised by Mike Gardner, Head of Girls football and football development officer who worked closely with Caroline Stafford from Mid Sussex Active to mastermind the whole event.
According to the FA 72% of primary schools in England offer equal access to football in PE, in secondary schools this drops to 44%. The target for 2024 is 75%.
“It was fantastic to see so many girls enjoying a morning of football at Ardingly College. It is vital that girls get equal treatment and we get them out playing sports as part of their wellbeing”. Ross Millard, Director of Sport.
Ardingly College offer a number of community initiatives. One of them is our weekly free football and hockey ‘sporting stars’ club and we invite boys and girls in years 6 and under to come along. For further information visit https://www.ardingly.com/sporting-stars/”.
For those who want to develop further we invite boys and girls to trial for our development centres in hockey, football, cricket and swimming. For further information https://www.ardingly.com/co-curricular/sport/development-centres/.
Sports Scholarships are also available at 11+ 13+ and 16+. https://www.ardingly.com/admissions/scholarships-and-bursaries/
All the girls left with a skills ball accompanied with a leaflet will drills to do at home.
We enjoyed welcoming BBC South East https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001584r/south-east-today-evening-news-09032022 at 20 mins.
Brook and Lizzie enjoyed interviewing on BBC Radio Sussex Brook and Lizzie being interviewed are on https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0bp6gsr at 2.40