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Jordan Nobbs Meets Female Footballers At St Hilds

30 September 2014

Jordan has become Ambassador of the Football League Trust’s Female Football Development programme.

Arsenal and England midfielder and local girl Jordan Nobbs has signed up to be Ambassador of the Football League Trust’s Female Football Development (FFD) programme. 

As FFD Ambassador Jordan will attend sessions and tournaments and encourage and inspire more girls aged 14yrs -25yrs to play football.

Now in its second year, the FFD programme aims to make women’s football the second most played sport in the country behind the men’s game. 

The programme was created by The FA and Sport England, who have joined forces with the Premier League and the Football League to work alongside their clubs to offer free sessions to teenage girls, drive participation and increase sustainability for women’s football.

HUCSF is targeting 360 females aged 14-25 years old to receive free coaching sessions as part of a £13,000 grant from the FFD programme in association with the Football League Trust. 

As a result of this, HUCSF can provide coaching sessions in local schools and within the local community.

FFD participants at St Hilds School in Hartlepool were lucky enough to meet programme ambassador Jordan Nobbs at a recent coaching session.

“It doesn’t matter what ability you have, you can be involved and have fun in football and the FFD is giving girls the stepping stone to do that,” Jordan told 

“To be honest, I didn’t really have an opportunity like this when I was growing up. I played at my dad’s soccer schools but I was one of the only girls there and it was very boy-orientated.

“Now more girls are getting involved and it’s more common which can only be a good thing.

“I think with girls it always been down to confidence. It’s a big step to go in to boys’ football at a young age and try to impress so to have this opportunity will encourage more girls to practice and get better, and if they do that they will enjoy it a lot more as well.”

Also in attendance at the St Hilds coaching session was Nicol Meredith, National Women’s and Girls’ Football Project Co-ordinator; “This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to meet Jordan and to enjoy the game regardless of their experience and ability, helping to develop character and social skills that are transferable beyond the game.”

As well as delivering the FFD sessions, HUCSF is working closely with Durham FA Women’s and Girls’ Co-ordinator Alysha Cook to provide a Player Development Centre (PDC) for girls at ages under 9, under 11, under 13 and under 15. 

The centre is based at Chester-le-Street and helps to create pathways from grassroots into academy football for young female footballers.

HUCSF Development Officer Keith Nobbs said, “We are looking to increase the participation in women and girls’ football. It is great that Jordan came to the launch because the girls here can see someone who has made it to the top of her profession – she can be their inspiration.”

To get involved contact HUCSF via email or telephone (01429) 862595.

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