THE next generation of female footballers have been learning their ABCs at a half-term fun course at Scarborough Sixth Form College.
The two-day course, which was run by North Riding County FA coaches Gail Colling and Gary Hindle, was aimed at encouraging girls between the ages of five and 12 to take up football.
Colling said: “The main aim of the course is to teach the girls that football can be fun and to keep them interested in the sport.
“The main aspect of that is the work with Agility, Balance and Co-ordination, also known as the ABC.
“We try to keep the development of the girls’ game going, as sometimes they lose interest as they get older.
“Courses like this, for girls only, also seem to help the younger ones build up their confidence with lots of fun games for them to show off the new skills they have been learning, such as striking a moving ball.”
Hindle was also delighted with the youngsters’ attitude over the two days.
“They all seemed to have a great time, with 16 girls, from the age of six to 12, taking part.
“These courses are aimed at encouraging young girls to take up football, a section of the sport which is rapidly developing in this country.”
Hindle added: “An example of how quickly women’s and girls football has changed over the past 10 years or so is the new FA Ladies Super League which is starting in April this year with eight Premier League teams full of professional players.
“The profile of women’s football will also be boosted by the fact that ESPN will be covering the games live so more people will be able to watch the games.”
Colling is cheered by the way ladies football has come on in leaps and bounds over the past decade or so.
“When you look at how much interest is going to be attracted by the new Super League, as well as the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany in June, July this year, the profile of ladies football is rapidly rising.
“I never believed that the game would reach this level during my lifetime and it is great to see that there are plenty of female referees, assistant referees, physios, etc also becoming part of the men’s game.”
There will be two more two-day courses during the Easter holidays, with the first on April 12 and 13 and the second on April 19 and 20.
For more details of joining either course - or both - ring Gary Hindle on 07966844804.