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Regional Female Football Group Meet at Proact

25 May 2016

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Last week the Proact hosted the latest regional meeting among football clubs and organisations aiming to encourage more girls to play football in the respective local areas.

The Female Football Steering Group alternates between the clubs involved and Keith Jackson from the Chesterfield FC Community Trust explained that his aim was make the get together an interesting one.

"We had a meeting with all the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire teams and it was our turn to host the meeting. We had Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Barnsley, the Sheffield & Hallamshire FA and the Derbyshire FA all come along.

"The hosts of the meeting always have to make the meeting in some way unique, and with the players off we were able to use the pitch so we used the opportunity to put on a Soccercise class," he said.

Jackson gave further details of the of the projects in place to try and get young women in the area into the game for the first time.

"We're funded by the Football League Trust to encourage more females into football," he said. "We're targeted at Chesterfield to get 180 new girls every year playing football, that's between the ages of 14 and 25.

"It means we go and give coaching sessions at local secondary schools, completely free of charge over ten sessions and we put on a tournament at the end of the year as well.

"It's really for girls who have never played football before, it can be intimidating to go down to a new club and play for the first time so we hope that if they can play first at school it's the best way to get started.

"All the teams are set different targets for how many people they can get involved and it looks like for the second season running we're going to hit ours."

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