A year ago today, on the 10th of July 2022, the New York Stadium was host to one of the Women’s Euro matches. The France V Italy match welcomed players, fans and staff to our wonderful home, it was important we showed them what we’re made of and to celebrate this historic moment for all women and girls in our community.
In the year that has passed, we have been very active in ensuring that women and girls in football are celebrated and encouraged in Rotherham. So, what exactly have we done in that past year?
We launched a pathway for girls involved in RUFC programmes which includes performance and participation pathways, along with our girls only Kicks sessions which now has over 60 girls involved. Our Wildcats sessions have grown with 3 new sessions taking place in Maltby, Parkgate and Aston. The Wildcats sessions have engaged over 40 participants so far, which we are expecting to see increase as we get ready to launch another new session in another area of Rotherham.
One of our biggest successes have been our Girls Only Holiday Camps, these run throughout the school holidays at Wickersley School and Sports College allowing girls to have the chance to train with our UEFA qualified coaches and keep active, socialise and have fun over the school holidays. So far these Girls Only Holiday Camps have had 80 different girls attend at least 1 session. Every Wednesday we host weekly women’s football sessions, which see around 10 participants every week.
Our Emerging Talent Centre has become a huge part of our success of encouraging girls to get involved in football and join our pathways for budding stars. Currently we are hosting the 2023 ETC trials which take place across multiple locations in Rotherham, last year we had over 300 girls take part and from these you can be invited onto our programmes and supported by our coaches whilst also playing for your grassroots club.
From our ETC trials last year we took on 47 girls in the ETC programme, who have played fixtures against other ETC teams such as Leeds, Burnley, Sheffield United and Crewe as well as 10 additional girls have come into trial. As part of the ETC programme, we hosted an FA showcase event that was delivered to over 30 parents, teachers and coaches.
Player recommendation forms have also played a huge factor, as we have now had over 85 girls recommended to us with the majority of these girls then being invited down to sessions to be identified.
We also launched our girls Future Stars U7/U8 squad, so far we have over 30 girls attend the free open sessions over a 4 week period with 10 of them invited back to join our weekly sessions. Finally, we can’t thank the local schools enough for their engagement. Across Rotherham we have had 20 schools attend the girls only football sessions, and we have been able to deliver 10 girls only football sessions in schools as part of extra curriculum. The schools have taken part in the local Utilita Girl’s Cup, alongside 15 talent identification sessions that have taken place in schools.
This is only just touching the surface of things we have done for women and girls in our community this year, but it is all worth celebrating.
To find out more or get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org