Southampton Football Club last week hosted its Girls’ Football Week, as hundreds of young women took part in a host of free activities aimed at inspiring a new generation of females in the sport.
The week was held in partnership with Hampshire FA, AFC Totton and Saints Foundation, covering everything from playing and coaching to refereeing and volunteering.
Southampton FC Women head coach Marieanne Spacey-Cale held “An evening with…” event, while there was also an open goalkeeping session, skills event, a sports science and medical careers evening, and referee workshop, among others.
martina heaththe aim of the week was to offer an opportunity for all.
general manager for girls' & Women's football
The week was highlighted by a pair of games at AFC Totton’s Testwood Community Stadium, as almost 600 people attended the Hampshire FA Women’s Challenge Cup final in midweek before 302 watched Southampton FC Women beat Ascot United 9-0 on Sunday in the Southern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division.
Southampton Football Club’s General Manager for Girls’ & Women’s Football, Martina Heath, said: “The aim of the week was to offer an opportunity to all. We wanted girls and young women of all ages and abilities to know that there is far more to the game of football than just playing.
“The feedback has been great and the week in general was full of positive experiences.
“Special thanks also goes to our partners – AFC Totton, Hampshire FA and Saints Foundation – who have been great in helping us deliver the week’s activities, as we continue to work towards inspiring the next generation.”