On Tuesday 12th February Eoghan O'Connell, Will Aimson, Sophie Rowlands, Jordanna Holgate, and Amy Openshaw attended the Premier League Girl's Football session at St. Monica’s High School.
Delivered in partnership with The Football Association, Premier League Girl's Football aims to provide opportunities for females aged 11 and over to take part in the sport in a local community setting. The session is designed to support new participation within the female game.
The programme has two main objectives:
- Increase the number of women and girls playing football on a regular basis
- Increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop their skills and confidence, and also progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official.
The players joined in the session by refereeing the games and playing in net as goalkeeper. After the session, there was a Q&A with all the players discussing everything from; the differences between women's & men’s football to their best footballing memories. They then posed for pictures with the girls.
The children at the school loved meeting and playing football with players. Mrs. Anthony of St. Monica’s said: “It was a brilliant experience for the girls, it’s not every day that young aspiring footballers get to meet and take part in a Q&A with professionals.”
Lewis Marno of the Bury FC Trust said: “It's great to see players from the men's & women's teams engaging with children from local schools on a player visit. By working together, this can only help improve our relationship within the community.”