Girls football group at Ayrshire College backed by Scotland internationalist

Girls football group at Ayrshire College backed by Scotland internationalist

The South West Region of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) is behind a new football initiative for 5-12 year olds girls in Ayrshire, which kicked off at Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus on Wednesday 24 October.

The Jo Love Soccer Centre - named after Scotland and Glasgow City midfielder Joanne Love - is delivered in partnership between the SFA, East Ayrshire Active Schools, Vibrant Communities and Ayrshire College, who host the sessions on their 4G football pitch.

45 youngsters from across Ayrshire turned up for the first session, where they were gifted t-shirts emblazoned with the Scotland national football team crest.

Female students on Sport & Fitness courses at Ayrshire College are volunteering as coaches for the Jo Love Soccer Centre in Kilmarnock, with support, guidance and mentorship from the SFA Development Officer and East Ayrshire Active Schools.

There are four other Jo Love Soccer Centres in the South West region, in Blantyre, Dumfries, East Kilbride, Kilbirnie, and Stranraer.

Shirley Martin, Girl's & Women's Club Development Officer at the SFA said “The soccer centres are the first step for girls looking to get involved in football. We aim to provide fun sessions for young girls to perfect their skills, grow in confidence and fall in love with football. 

“To have 45 girls attend on the first night is excellent and shows you there is a huge interest in girls’ football in East Ayrshire, and it is important that we give the girls the opportunity to come and play with their friends in a relaxed and fun environment.

“These sessions are being led by female sports students at Ayrshire College and they are great role models for the young girls.”

Cherryl Fulton, East Ayrshire Active Schools Co-ordinator, said “The East Ayrshire primary schools have completely bought into this programme. It was fantastic to see school staff volunteering to provide walking buses to get the young people to the session.

“I believe these fabulous participant numbers will continue to grow from week-to-week as the success of the programme continues to grow. I look forward to developing and expanding this programme to make sure all of our young people throughout our communities can access this quality provision.”

Sessions are free and will take place from 4-5pm every Wednesday from 24 October. To register email or phone 01563 576321.

26 October 2018

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