Record numbers continue to sign up to FA initiative to get more girls playing the beautiful game
The third FA Girls' Football Week is underway, with the number of girls taking part in the initiative in 2016 reaching over 100,000.
This latest instalment of the FA's drive to get more girls playing the game - which runs from 10-16 October - has proved the most popular yet, with more than 60,000 girls signed up to take part in female-specific football sessions.
Added to the 40,000 girls that took part in April and more than 100,000 participants have this year signed up Girls Football Week, which was created to give girls and women more opportunities to play the game.
More than 1,000 organisations will put on sessions throughout this week, including clubs, schools, colleges, universities and community groups.
Sunderland and England duo Beth Mead and Rachael Laws kicked off this week's action with a visit to Sunderland College yesterday, where they met 100 students who were taking part.
“It is so important that women and girls are given the opportunity to play and today showed just how popular it can be, given the chance," said striker Mead, who has represented England at every level from under-15 to under-23.
“It is impressive to hear how many people will be taking part in FA Girls’ Football Week and hopefully they’ll all enjoy the week and keep playing afterwards.”
Football is the largest female team sport in England with more than 2.89m players. There are more than 5,900 women’s and girls’ teams playing affiliated club football.
Players can find their nearest session at FAGirlsFootballWeek.com, where organisations can register an activity and access a range of session materials and promotional tools.
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