On a historic day for female football in Wales, we’re delighted to announce a 17% annual rise in girls’ participation.
As Jayne Ludlow and her squad prepare for their date with World Cup destiny against England, they can be confident that they’ve done more than their fair share to inspire the next generation of female footballers.
At the end of a season where they stormed to the top of their Women’s World Cup qualification group, number of U16 girls currently playing football in Wales rose to 6,020, an increase of 17% from the 2016/17 season.
Delighted FAW Trust Head of Player Development Caroline Spanton explained why their success is so vital to the growth of the game, saying: “Our international team are superb role models and have inspired a whole new generation of supporters with recent success.
“They are changing mindset of parents who are supportive of their daughters to play football which is critical for us as they are the decision makers.
“It’s a really positive time for girls’ football, participation is on the increase in our clubs, schools and through our informal Fun Football outlets.
“We know girls just want to be given the opportunity to play and so we need to meet the demand by creating opportunities for them to just have a go and see if they like it and once they get a little more confident they head to a local team.”
“People’s views on women and girls playing football has significantly changed in recent years, it is a game for all and people are starting to respect that.
“With more girls’ football in schools, it is now becoming the norm and not something that is seen as an option just for boys. There’s still work to do but we are definitely heading in the right direction.”FULL DETAILS OF TONIGHT'S FAN ZONE AT RODNEY PARADE
Other highlights from the latest FAW Trust participation data includes a 41% growth in club membership since Euro 2016 and a 4% increase in total participation last season, with five of our six area associations have reported increases in participation.
FAW Trust trustee Laura McAllister CBE said: “Every girl, disabled or non-disabled, whatever their ability, age race or skin colour, should have the opportunity to play football.
“Some will be the next Sophie Ingle or Kayleigh Green, others will just enjoy a kick around in the park with their pals.
“But all of them will have had a taste of the best sport in the world.”FIND YOUR NEAREST GIRLS FOOTBALL CLUB