The last 5 years has seen girl’s football consolidate its position as the most popular sports in the country. There are nearly 50 club teams in Cumberland playing regular football from Under 10’s to Under 16’s taking part in local leagues in both West and East Cumbria as well as County Cup competitions.
Cumberland FA work closely with Youth Leagues in the County to support the infrastructure of the girls game and work in partnership behind the scenes to help develop new formats to strengthen the retention of players during the season.
For the past three seasons, a pre-season festival has kicked off the season in West Cumbria, bringing all teams together at a central venue.
Cumberland FA are working closely with the West Cumbria Youth League to support the structure. So far this season, teams have played in a number of central venue festivals with friendly fixtures taking place in between. Futsal will take over after Christmas before a 'recorded results' structure as we move into the final part of the season.
Girls football has been a lead in Futsal within the County. The small sided format has been high on the agenda for girls providing regular playing opportunities throughout the winter.
Over the past two seasons a considerable amount of support has been put into the 5aside game, from taster sessions for coaches, coaching courses, taster festivals leading to the piloted 10 week mid season Futsal fixtures in the Longhorn Youth Football League. The Futsal programme ensured no girls matches were cancelled due to the weather and enable the retention of players throughout the cold winter months to stay high.
Following feedback from last season, the programme will be developed for the new winter season. Click HERE to access the Longhorn Girls Youth Futsal League website.
The now annual County competition of The FA National Youth Futsal Festival has been a proven success with almost 300 girls taking part in season 2011/12. Carlisle City U10's, Allerdale Leisure U12's and Castletown U14's represented the County at the National Finals in June following Castletown U10's win in 2011.
Cumbria Women’s League now provides girls at Under 16 and women aged 16 and over with regular local football. More details on the Cumbria Women’s League can be found by clicking here.
Recruiting new players is paramount to sustain the girls game in the County and Cumberland FA were delighted to be involved with a recent 'Get Set Go' Girl Guiding Event where almost 700 girls took part in taster sessions delivered by FA Charter Standard Club Coaches.
More links with Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides will be developed in the new season to enable clubs to link with local units and increase the player pathway.
School coaching and festivals are organised to ensure girls get the opportunity to play in a school environment. Taster sessions and School-Club link programmes are available to clubs to aid recruitment and retention of players. This enables a smooth transition in the player pathway for girls moving from schools to FA Charter Standard Clubs.
As part of The FA's Talent Development Pathway, Cumberland FA have delivered The FA Player Development Centre during season 2011/12 and will once again be running a Centre for girls in the County.
Click HERE for more information on Cumberland FA's Player Development Centre.
For further information, please contact the Football Development Team on 01900 872310, or e-mail development@CumberlandFA.com