Mike Edwards visited FITC's Premier League Girls project as part of the EFL Day of Action.
Young midfielders Sam Osborne and Alex Howes joined the coach at Rushcliffe School to take a closer look at a project which attracts nearly 30 girls every week.
The scheme aims to provide opportunities for girls aged 11 and over to take part in regular football sessions, helping them to grow in confidence and develop their skills while training in a supportive local community setting.
The main objectives of the programme are:
- To increase the number of women and girls who regularly play football
- To provide more opportunities for women and girls to develop their skills and confidence
- To support women and girls to progress on a pathway as a player, coach or official
Project manager James Lake said: "It's a fantastic day to celebrate the impact our programme has had on some of the participants.
"While some are really talented footballers who aspire to progress through the playing pathway, there are also those you can imagine taking a route into coaching. That's the great thing about the project, there's something for everyone.
"I think this event will help them boost their confidence and recognise how much they've achieved through the scheme."
EFL chairman Ian Lenagan added: “Football continues to support its communities seven days a week, 365 days a year through our unique network of club community trusts.
“Bringing all 72 together on one day for the EFL Day of Action highlights the special role the EFL has in society and our collective ability to make a positive and lasting impact to the lives of millions of people.
“It is fantastic to see so many managers and players across England and Wales coming out in support of the excellent work being undertaken by their own club right in the heart of their own community.
“There are few sporting organisations that can deliver the scale of innovative and groundbreaking activity we do via our network of clubs across so many important areas, including inclusion, charitable causes, community engagement, education or health.”