Premier League Girls Football programme aims to provide opportunities for females aged 11 and over to take part in the sport in a local community setting.
The Albion Foundation aims to create a player pathway within women’s football, to drive participation across Sandwell and Dudley and also give opportunities for females to develop their skills and offer exit routes into local grassroots teams. This is done using elements from the female talent pathway.
The programme has two main objectives:
- To increase the number of women and girls playing football on a regular basis
- To increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official
The programme achieves this by providing a fun and informal environment, allowing participants to progress at their own pace and make friends at the same time.
Last years satellites were all based at school venues and were focused on engagement within the game:
Female Coaching Staff:
The Albion Foundation have a great pool of female coaches with 4 full time female coaches, 1 full time female apprentice and 2 casual female coaches with a range of qualifications including Uefa B and Youth Module 3.
The Premier League Girls programme also focuses on creating a coaching pathway. We have a number of participants who have progressed in their own way. An example of this would be Emily Miles who previously attended the Sandwell Academy satellite and has progressed onto becoming a full time apprentice.
The Albion Foundation delivers at 12 School Satellites:
All satellites are coached by female Albion coaches Level 2 or above and are aimed at girls aged 11 years old or above, with fun game based sessions aimed at developing skills and techniques.
The Albion Foundation recently started 2 Girls Player Development Centres linked in with Worcestershire FA and Birmingham County FA
We first started the Player Development Centres in September with trials being hosted at Worcester University attracting just over 70 girls aged 8-14. The PDC is a great way for girls attached to grassroots teams to continue developing their skills with professional coaching.