We’re very grateful to have received more support for the continued growth of our Women only games. Sport England’s Tackling inequalities fund (via Sported) have provided a significant amount on funding to help our community sessions to be sustainable in the long term – we are aiming to fund FA Coaching course for at least eight of our women players and we’re planning wellbeing and nutrition workshops. Plus, we have received new kit and equipment from Starling Bank’s Kick On initiative (via Gift of Kit). This follows on from our launch last August, when we were awarded a grant from the Barclays Community Football Fund, being delivered in parnership with Sported, that allowed us to secure long term booking of Hemel FC’s 5G pitch. Then in January this year, we received further support from a Dacorum Borough Council Healthy Hub Grant and a Warburtons Community Grant to contribute towards facility hire.
We’re committed to providing weekly recreational football sessions to Women & Girls living in and around Dacorum as part of our Community Kickabout initiative. In August 2022, after running popular Men’s Over 30’s Football games for two years, we trialled Women only sessions (with no age restrictions) at Hemel Hempstead Town FC. We had a fantastic response and have organised regular games since. Subject to online booking to confirm availability, women and girls can just play in Hemel Hempstead in our friendly small-sided games – you don’t need to rely on having enough players to book your own pitch or even be part of your own team, just register and play!
Our sessions take place on FIFA Pro standard all-weather artificial grass at Hemel Hempstead Town FC, Vauxhall Road; our matches are an easy, affordable and friendly opportunity for anyone to get active. Our initiative was the Active Dacorum winner in the 2022 Dacorum Borough Council grant awards. Check out our Feedback page to read what our participants have said about our session.
Providing equal access to girls football and organising football for the community are part of the FA ‘s transformational objectives aiming to be achieved by 2024 as part of the FA’s Women and Girls Football Strategy; we’re delighted to be able to offer these sessions after running popular men’s games for so long.