The UK-wide campaign against sexism in football, Her Game Too, is proud to announce a new partnership with the Women’s Football Collective. The Women’s Football Collective (WFC) is an organisation that is helping to raise the standards for the women’s game in the UK.
This partnership brings extra significance because now for the first time, Her Game Too will have their very own training centre, dedicated to women of all ages and abilities, creating further opportunities that football is for everyone.
This first training centre will be located in Cardiff, with plans for more training centres to be added in the UK over time.
Charlotte Galloway, a representative of WFC, explains the importance and experience behind their mission.
“The Women’s Football Collective seeks to serve the footballing needs and wants of women and girls. Our founders have lived experience in playing and coaching in the female game. Whilst the visible growth and success in many parts of women’s football in the UK has been clear to see in recent years, it is also apparent there is much more to be done. We seek to bring the experience of women and girls involved in the game to a standard that’s in parity with the men’s game. Whether that’s providing players with women’s specific boots, high quality training outside of the club or school environment or sponsoring up-and-coming players.
To start with, WFC are partnering with Her Game Too to bring the successful campaign onto the pitch, by delivering Training Centres. Starting in Cardiff, these will be rolled out across the UK. The training centres provide extra football training to all girls and women, from complete beginners to those pushing for academy selection. With WFC, all coaches will be paid for their time – no more volunteering on cold, rainy nights – and all players will receive high quality coaching at excellent facilities in a judgement-free environment.”
“I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Women’s Football Collective. This collaboration is a crucial stride in our journey to provide women and girls of all abilities access to football, fostering a more inclusive and stigma-free environment. By joining forces, we are poised to propel Her Game Too to new heights, while continuing to make a positive impact within the community we hold dear.”
Charlotte shares the sentiment and expresses excitement.
“We’re so excited to be able to help Her Game Too take the next step and move into improving the player experience. At WFC we are very experienced in coaching within the inclusive side of football and want our training centres to empower girls and women on the football pitch, as well as develop their technical abilities whatever level they’re at. We really feel that by partnering with Her Game Too and setting up training centres, we will be helping to address inequalities that female players face in accessing opportunities to play football, so that every player knows it’s her game too.”
Another party that has helped initiate this new partnership is HGT’s Brittany Laing, Cardiff City Ambassador and Team Lead for HGT Cymru.
“Although Her Game Too originated as a campaign to raise awareness of sexism, it’s always refreshing to see the positive light on social media of women and girls enjoying the beautiful game and standing up against negativity and barriers. Providing equal opportunities to those who want to play football is so important to us at Her Game Too and collectively with WFC, we believe that training centres are the starting point to this.
The Her Game Too WFC Training Centres will enable women and girls to play with others of various abilities in a welcoming and fun environment.
As the Cardiff City Her Game Too Ambassador, I’m thrilled that the first Her Game Too WFC Training Centre will be in the heart of our capital city, enabling those in the South Wales area access to weekly training sessions. We want to create an environment which encourages inclusivity so that those who want to play football have access to it outside of a club setup. At Her Game Too, we relay a message that football is for everyone, and this mirrors the vision of the Women’s Football Collective. I’m so excited to see what we can achieve collectively, and I’m thrilled that Cardiff is the starting point for HGT Training Centres.”
To sign up for a free taster session at Her Game Too’s Training Centre in Cardiff, visit https://bit.ly/hgt-training-centre