I am very proud to be asked to write in the second edition of Inside One about Radford Girls Football.
It is a community project which provides free football coaching for girls aged 6-13yrs each Saturday 12-2pm at John Carroll Leisure Centre. It’s been going for a year now and the first article showed the positive impact the project has already had.
I’m delighted to have been invited back to talk about how we plan to take the project forward and further support and inspire girls coming to the group. I lead the project in partnership with Lisa Dawkins, Director of Football for Nottingham Forest Ladies. We are currently funded by One Nottingham with the girls shirts sponsored by Acorn Windows. Having recently secured some more funding we are keen to look for further ways to support our members and expand the project.
We are hoping to launch after school midweek sessions for 11-16year olds towards the end of March, details will be released once confirmed so watch this space! We are also currently being supported by the John Lewis Community Matters scheme. We were thrilled that our work has been recognised and supported in this way.
Visitors to the John Lewis restaurant in Nottingham are given green tokens to put in the charity box of their choice. There are three to choose from with Radford Girls Footy being one of the choices. Votes will be counted up at the end of April and funds split between the three charities according to votes.
We’re up against two fantastic charities:
Billy’s House (Clic Sargent) and “When you wish upon a Star”.
The donation from John Lewis Nottingham will help fund the hire of training facilities, transport costs and football kit for the girls. On Thursday 20th February 2014 colleagues from Community Protection (Nottingham City Council) helped get 11 of our girls to the Forest Ladies versus Arsenal Ladies friendly football match at Hucknall Rolls Royce Leisure Club.
Nottinghamshire Police paid for the girl’s entry to the match. We wanted to further inspire the girls by watching a top quality ladies football match especially as some of the girls had not been to a match before. The girls always work hard in their Saturday coaching sessions but we are continually looking for ways to further motivate them and give them strong positive female role models to aspire to.
We hope to do more work such as this in the future. If you know a girl aged 6-13yrs who would like to give football a go please come along to one of our sessions, they would be very
welcome. You can follow news about the project on twitter #RadfordGirlsFooty
Sergeant Naomi Bolton, Nottinghamshire Police