Northampton Town F.C. – PL Girls Programme
Delivered in partnership with The Football Association (FA) and the Premier League, the PL Girls programme aims to provide opportunities for females aged 11 and over to take part in the sport in a local community setting.
Since the programme began in 2013, a total of 88 professional clubs have joined and run the programme of which Northampton Town F.C. is a part of, providing a wide variety of sessions aimed at different audiences.
Clubs deliver innovative sessions such as glow in the dark football to emphasise the fun, social element of the sport and soccercise that uses football as way to keep fit.
For participants who want to progress in the game, clubs create pathways with local community clubs to provide long term participation opportunities, whilst many clubs also deliver elements of the female talent pathway.
The programme has two main objectives:
- To increase the number of women and girls playing football on a regular basis
- To increase the opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official
The programme achieves this by providing a fun and informal environment, allowing participants to progress at their own pace and make friends at the same time.
Northampton Town F.C.’s ladies and girls programme
Besides the delivery of the PL Girls programme, the Northampton Town FC Community Trust also currently run 3 different sections of the ladies and girls programme: Grassroots, Player Development Centre and Ladies team.
The Grassroots football programme is divided into 3 different age groups – U11, U12 and U13. Training is every Monday, and the teams play in local women’s and girls’ football leagues every weekend.
The Player Development Centre is for girls ages from U10-U16 who are more advanced and on the first step of the player talent pathway.
Lastly, Northampton Town FC has a successful Ladies team that are playing in the East Midlands Women’s Football League. The team are always scouting players who are 16+ to join the club as the Ladies section expands to run a first team and a potential U18’s team.