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8 March 2018

Premier League Girls football scheme encourages females to take part in football and gives them the chance to play competitive sport.

  • Thursday 8th March 2018 is International Women's Day.
  • The event commemorates the movement for women's rights.
  • Club’s official charity deliver 12 girls football sessions a week.

Hundreds of girls aged 11-18 across Wigan are being given the opportunity to develop and enhance their footballing skills as part of the Community Trust’s girls football programme.

Coaches from the club’s official charity deliver 12 sessions a week in secondary schools, at grassroots football clubs and at youth clubs across the borough.

Funded by the Premier League, the programme encourages females to take part in football and gives them the chance to play competitive sport.

Since September 2017, a number of girls have joined various grassroots football clubs such as Wigan Athletic Ladies, Shevington Girls and Leigh Genesis, having initially taken part in the Community Trust’s activities.

In addition, five girls are currently volunteering with the club to give them the confidence and skills to become coaches and role models for others, while 30 girls aged 11-16 attended the Trust’s first ever ‘Girls Football Coaching’ session at Lowton High School during February half term.

Holly Lumb, 12, from Lowton High School, said: “The sessions are really great and are competitive too which I like because I want to win at every opportunity. I feel really proud of the way I’ve developed my game in such a short space of time and just want to continue to get better and better.

She added: “I’ve been encouraged a lot by the Community Trust and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have the confidence I have now. I love being part of the programme and would definitely recommend more girls to get involved because it’s so much fun.”

For more information about the Girls Football programme, please contact Hannah Hipkin-Steele on 01942 318090 or email

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