Huddle: Where girls fall in love with football
10 February 2020

Huddle: Where girls fall in love with football

Parents told us that their girls love coming along to Huddle because it’s fun, they can explore different games with their friends and they learn new skills in a relaxed environment!

As the number of registered female football players reaches an all-time high in Wales, the FAW Trust are excited to launch its second phase of Huddle – the introductory programme for girls who are new to football. 

Born in September 2019, Huddle aims to introduce girls aged between five and 12 to football in a fun, relaxed, sociable and friendly way to ensure they have a positive first experience of football. Huddle is delivered by clubs and partners across Wales who want to grow the number of girls playing football in their local area. Girls can expect to make new friends, learn some football skills through fun games and build their confidence throughout the sessions. If girls want to progress onto a club team, the coaches at the sessions can direct them to their nearest team, but for those that are happy playing in Huddle sessions, they’re welcome to just play there!

The first phase saw our clubs and partners deliver Huddle to just under 500 girls, most who have never played club football before! We’re excited to launch the second phase of Huddle with 43 clubs and partners across Wales ready to kick off! Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of the second phase of Huddle and get involved. Here’s what some of the parents said about their daughters’ experiences at Huddle:

“The fact that it is all girls made huddle seem a more accessible route for my daughter to develop an enjoyment in playing football”

“It's there to build confidence and skills so no pressure on the children”

“She loves sport and plays a lot of football with her dad and brother in the garden. This was a great opportunity for her to join a fun session and where she could develop some skills”

“The fact it was girls only and indoors which made it a non-intimidating environment for her to gain some confidence and enjoy the experience."

Take a look at some of our stories below and hopefully they'll inspire your to join in the fun at your nearest Huddle. You can register your interest for your nearest Huddle site through the below form.

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To get your club involved in Huddle

Contact Football Development Manager Katy Evans