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AFC Wimbledon Foundation - London Leopards (London FA)

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AFC Wimbledon is one of seven pro-clubs who is running the London Leopards by London FA / Wembley Trust.

The London Leopards programme will last for 8 weeks. Upon completion of the programme, you will receive further coaching support. AFC Wimbledon will be running weekly sessions for Girls aged 7-11 years old. The sessions are open to all girls of all abilities who play for grassroots clubs, never played football, beginner or play other sport. Football is for all.

The details of the London Leopards;

Venue: Southfields Academy

Days: Tuesday (starting 17th April 2018)

Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Cost: £3 per player per session (after the 1st FREE Session)

Payment method: Cheque to AFC Wimbledon Foundation, Cash on the day OR

Paypal account - holidaycourse@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk (please quote "LondonLeopards") on the payment page.

Playing surface: Indoors

Registration: Request a player form via email (emma.oconnor@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk)

Contact Details: Emma O'Connor, email emma.oconnor@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk or office telephone 0208 974 5712


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Increased girl’s football participation

The London FA is passionate about changing the landscape of women’s and girls’ football. Nationally, only 11% of 5-9-year-old girls play football compared to 52% of boys of the same age. The number of girls playing football between the ages of 10-11 rises to 41%, but this again pales in comparison to the 88% of 10-11-year-old boys who play the sport**.

The figures highlight that there simply aren’t enough girls playing football, something the London FA wants to change. The new London Leopards scheme will consist of football sessions led by female coaches, to engage girls aged 7-11 years old who might never have played the sport before. The focus of the initiative will be to introduce young girls to football in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with emphasis placed on the social and fitness aspects of the sport.

Lisa Pearce, CEO of the London FA, comments: “The London FA is launching this new initiative as part of our wider drive to engage more women and girls in football across London and enrich their lives as a result. It’s no secret that there is a huge disparity in sport and physical activity levels between boys and girls. In London specifically, 88% of boys between the ages of 14 and 15 play football, compared with just 35% of girls. We hope that by introducing the sport to girls at a younger age in a fun and sociable way, delivered by female coaches, these gaps will start to close as they reach teenage years.”

Karen Hills, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, a delivery partner of London Leopards, said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the London Leopards project and believe it will be a catalyst in driving increased female participation in football across London.

The London Leopards initiative will be delivered by seven Professional Club Community Trusts: AFC Wimbledon Foundation, Arsenal Women, Charlton Athletics Women’s, Chelsea Foundation, Leyton Orient Trust, Millwall Community Trust, QPR FC in the Community Trust and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

For further information on the campaign, https://www.londonfa.com/london-leopards


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