PL Kicks continues to support #GirlsFootballWeek
A quartet of Club representatives showed their support for #GirlsFootballWeek yesterday at a PL Kicks session for girls held at a local school.
Joining Katy Hosford and Taylor Williams of the Swans’ Ladies team were first team defender Mike van der Hoorn and Lee Trundle, who all attended the session at Bishop Vaughan School.
As well as talking to the girls about football, Trundle, van der Hoorn, Williams and Hosford all got involved in the drills and matches delivered by the Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks project.
“Today was fun and the girls also had fun and that’s the main thing,” said van der Hoorn after the event. “It’s not always about the boys and you have to include the girls too.”
“I really enjoyed today, it was great to see so many girls involved in the Premier League Kicks session and enjoying themselves,” added Katy. “It gives them an opportunity to meet up with their friends and develop their football ability in a team environment.
Launching in 2006 between the Premier League and the Metropolitan Police, PL Kicks aims to use football to bring communities together and engage with young people.
With the vision of building safer, stronger and more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential, PL Kicks runs an array of sessions every week throughout Swansea’s community, including those just for girls.
“As part of the Kicks project, we run after school clubs and lunch time sessions which are specifically for girls wanting to participate in football,” said Sam Beynon of the PL Kicks project. “The sessions are popular with girls who are new to football and also want to keep fit. It’s refreshing to see so many girls attending the various sessions and wanting to join local football clubs and joining the girls’ football teams at their schools.”
Running girls only football sessions at Cwmtawe Community School, Bryntawe School in addition to those at Bishop Vaughan – as well as netball at Morriston Comprehensive – the PL Kicks project engages with a number of young footballers every week and it’s a scheme that both Hosford and van der Hoorn approve of.
“I think it’s really important to encourage young girls to play football and campaigns such as the FA Girls’ Football Week will help to do this and hopefully produce the next generation of female footballers,” Katy continued.
“You have to start somewhere and I think if you want to bring more women into football, you have to start young and that’s why the Club runs these projects,” finished Mike.
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