30 Oct WWSET Cheltenham Town Programme page
Good afternoon Chairboys fans, and welcome to today’s fixture against Cheltenham Town FC. We wish you all a pleasant afternoon here at Adams Park.
In today’s WWSET programme notes we would like to update everybody on our fantastic Premier League Girls Programme which is now in its second season of delivery.
WWSET is one of almost 90 professional football club community arms who are delivering the Premier League Girls Football programme. The programme, which is also delivered in partnership with The Football Association, has two specific objectives:
- To increase the number of women and girls aged 11 plus playing football on a regular basis.
- To increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the football pathway as a player, coach or official.
WWSET’s Premier League Girls programme involves our Female Football Officer Tammy John working with numerous groups out in the community to offer them opportunities to get involved in football-related activity.
We are very proud that last seasons programme culminated in WWSET being awarded a top 10 finish in the National FA Women’s Awards “Best Participation Initiative” category for an after-school session which took place at Slough & Eton Secondary School. The school, which is located in an area of high social deprivation with significant crime rates, allowed the 40+ participants who regularly attended an opportunity to exercise and have fun in a safe and relaxed environment, and the girls, many of whom are from an ethnic minority backgrounds who traditionally don’t take part in as much physical activity as is recommended by Public Health England, thoroughly enjoyed the weekly sessions.
The sessions were so popular at the school that WWSET is continuing to deliver there this season, and at present, the players are preparing to represent the club in a Premier League tournament hosted by AFC Wimbledon on the 8th November, so good luck girls!
In addition to other activity being delivered so far this season, which include sessions at a local school for girls with disabilities or special educational needs, sessions in partnership with a local weight watchers group to assist participants with their mobility, and sessions in schools who don’t have the resources to offer girls football, WWSET have also been working with Marlow Bottom’s 1st Girl Guides and Rangers groups recently as part of their sports block.
The activities with the groups were designed as an introduction to football whilst also placing an emphasis on trying to engage the girls to break down any stereotypes and misconceptions they had about the sport, and to try and make football a positive experience for them. The girls all thoroughly enjoyed their time with WWSET and each of them received a WWSET Tolley badge for taking part.
And last but by no means least WWSET recently held a girls-only tournament at Wycombe Leisure Centre for special educational needs schools from across Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
The tournament, which was run in partnership with the Berks & Bucks FA and was one of the first of its kind in the area, saw a total of 21 girls with different physical and learning needs taking part. Each team played each other twice before scores were tallied and points accumulated, revealing that Addington School from Reading were the winners.
Judging by the smiles on the faces of all the girl’s everybody seemed to have a great time
and the PE teacher of Addington said:
“The tournament was really well organised and there was a lovely rapport from the WWFC staff. The girls were thrilled to pick up a trophy at the end and we’d love to attend the next tournament you run.”
As stated earlier, our Premier League Girls Programe is led by WWSET’s Female Football Officer Tammy John so if you’d like to hear more about the activities on offer please don’t hesitate to contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01494 455736 for more information, and rest assured that no matter your motivation, be it making new friends, getting healthy or simply trying something new then our Premier League Girls Programme will provide something for you!
Finally, all that’s left to say is enjoy today’s match and C’MON THE CHAIRBOYS!