WOMEN & GIRLS FOOTBALL - ON THE RISE
Our aim is to make clear the benefits of sport and activity participation to physical and mental health. We also know the influence women often have within their own families, and how their involvement will often encourage others to join in too. Widening access and exposure for Women & Girls in Manchester to find a pathway into activity, regardless of shape, size, experience and ability, is therefore paramount to closing this gender gap.
One such sport we are determined to improve local female participation in is football.
We’re thrilled therefore to see that the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament is already having a lasting social impact on female participation in football. The Tournament raised the profile of the women’s game in Manchester and we have seen demand increase from women and girls, not only to participate but also join the workforce and we have welcomed a number of newly qualified female coaches and referee’s this season.
Through the UEFA Euro 2022 Legacy Plan, we have been able to support our Clubs & Leagues to ensure there is capacity for the additional interest and demand in women’s football following the tournament.
SUMMER 2023 UPDATE
There are now 4,772 registered female players in Greater Manchester split across 4 leagues; Greater Manchester Women’s League (1,009), Manchester Women’s Flexi-League (605), South Manchester Girls League (2,397) and North Manchester Girls League (953).
But our dedication does not begin and end with the Euro’s, We are pleased that the Womens Recreational offer has now been expanded for a further two years with funding secured from Sport England, The FA and Manchester Active.
We will also continue our commitment to local clubs, groups and individuals responsible for driving the development of Women’s sport.
There are now 99 clubs in Manchester, from U7 to open age, with female teams. Check out just some of the football clubs and groups we’re working with below;
- Manchester Laces - Women's Club, 16+ (CHECK OUT OUR 'IN FOCUS' INTERVIEW WITH THE LACES HERE)
- FC Bluestar - Girls teams from Wildcats to U15
- AFC Manchester - U16 girls team
- Manchester Girls - U10 & U16
- Fletcher Moss - U10 & U13
- Hough End Griffins - Wildcats
- Abraham Moss Warriors - Wildcats
- Al Hilal - Unity Community Primary
- Khizra Mosque - Soccercise Sessions
For more information on Womens and Girls football in Manchester or any of the sessions taking place in Manchester and how to get involved you can search our activity finder or contact Leigh Gell, Mcr FA – Football Development Officer (Women & Girls) email@example.com and Nicole Flynn, Mcr FA - Womens Recreational Football Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org