Schools not supporting girls who want to play football, says FA women’s participation chief
Posted: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:15
A large proportion of schools in England are not giving girls the opportunity to play football despite the growth of the women's game, according to Rachel Pavlou of the Football Association (FA).
The governing body's national participation manager for women's football told delegates at the International Sport Convention in Geneva that insight carried out showed there was a lack of support at primary and secondary school level.
She said that primary school teachers were "predominantly female" who "didn't feel comfortable" taking football sessions, while secondary school PE teachers were guilty of reverting to hockey and netball.
While the FA has made great strides with female participation and the launch of the Women's Super League, Pavlou conceded that the body "still has a lot of work to do in schools".
"Around 95 per cent of boys in England play football by the age of 10, while only 41 per cent of girls play," she said.
"We have this thing in England where we say to everybody that football is our national sport. As far as I'm concerned until that's more equitable at under-10 level it's not our national sport; it's a boy's sport where some girls are allowed to play."
However, Pavlou highlighted some positive data which should give the FA encouragement as it attempts to double the number of women and girls involved in football by 2020.
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