Girls' football, at the grass-roots level, is on the up and up. The FA has made huge strides in creating opportunities for women and girls to play our national sport. Indeed, football is now officially the biggest female team sport in England. Last season over 147,000 female players competed in affiliated league and cup competitions – a figure which has risen from just 10,400 in 1993, when records started.
We appreciate that sometimes the football set-up at grassroots level can seem unwelcoming to females - young and old. We aim to change this. We can offer a welcoming environment and positive support to girls wanting to play football. We aim to ensure that all the coaches training our female players have experience of girls' soccer. Our management committee will offer support, encouragement and guidance to all new participants. We will identify pathways for keen young players to develop.
Our club supports 'Kick it Out', football’s equality and inclusion organisation and we intend to be active in the community in championing its aims. We support their vision of football as a sport where all people can flourish in a supportive community, and where fairness is openly and transparently practiced and enforced for the good of all participants.
We are committed to promoting girls' football and to ensuring girls feel welcomed and valued at our club. We will provide personal support to any girl who wants to start playing but who feels a little nervous. We completely understand the reasons for this. But we say - Don't be afraid! Just contact our club secretary, Debbie Sayers, at Salisburyroversfc@outlook.com to discuss any aspect of plans for girls' football.
We hold monthly free sessions for girls so please contact us for more details.