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Celebrate Girls' Football Week With Free Sessions

6 November 2017

To celebrate FA Girls' Football Week, the Palace for Life Foundation are offering females of all ages the chance to get involved in free coaching sessions between 6-12 November.

FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football and supporting the governing body's aim of doubling the number of women and girls playing the game by 2020.

The Palace for Life Foundation has engaged over 2,300 girls and women across south London through football since June 2017, including:

  • 30 5-11-year-old novices regularly playing at Wildcats
  • 197 11+ females through the PL Girls’ Programme
  • 2,100 girls regularly involved in PL Primary Stars PE sessions and after-school clubs

In addition, the Foundation is hosting free sessions every day throughout FA Girls’ Football Week (6-12 November) for females of all ages and abilities, an offer which has been heralded by the FA.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “FA Girls’ Football Week is a great opportunity for our amazing charity Palace for Life to showcase all the positive work we are doing in this area - from community events, to the amazing Palace Ladies winning and inspiring girls to enjoy this wonderful game."

Members of the Palace Ladies squad will be visiting events throughout the week to offer expert coaching advice and words of inspiration and guidance.

Palace Ladies player Pam McRoberts, who is also a coach with the Palace for Life Foundation, said: “It is so important for young people to be fit and healthy and to have hobbies that they enjoy taking part in.

“There are so many opportunities out there for girls to get involved with football, far more than when I was young, if you want to do it, you can, follow your dreams.”

Chairman of  Palace Ladies Richard Spokes added: “The Ladies are strong role models in our community, both on and off the pitch, and I am delighted to see Pam thriving in her coaching role at the Palace for Life Foundation.

"Having Pam and her Palace teammates out and about at Foundation events throughout FA Girls’ Football Week is a great way to encourage more girls and young women to play the game."

Get involved this FA Girls’ Football Week with the Palace for Life Foundation:

Monday 6 November
What: Premier League Kicks – Girls’ Only Football
Who: 13-18 years (all abilities welcome)
When: 6pm-7pm
Where: Archbishop Lanfranc Academy School, Croydon

Tuesday 7 November
What: Ladies Recreational Football
Who: 25+ (all abilities welcome)
When: 6pm-7pm
Where: Sunnydown School, Caterham

Wednesday 8 November
What: Soccercise (fitness exercises with a football)
Who: 50 years+
When: 10.30am-12.30pm
Where: St Hughes Community Centre, Anerley

Thursday 9 November
What: Extra Time – (for individuals who want to socialise over a cup of tea and take part in relaxed activities such as table tennis, seated exercises, Nintendo Wii Fit, dominos and many more)
Who: 50 years+
When: 11.30am-12.30pm
Where: Selhurst Park Stadium

What: Get Fit Feel Good – Soccercise (fitness exercises with a football)
Who: 11 years+
When: 4.30-5.30pm
Where: Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation

Saturday 11 November
What: Wildcats
Who: 5-11 years (all abilities welcome)
When: 9.30-10.30am
Where: Sunnydown School, Caterham

What: Mums and Daughters
Who: 5-11 years / 18+ (all abilities welcome)
When: 10-11am
Where: Goals North, Beckenham

Sunday 12 November
What: Crystal Palace Ladies FC v Chichester City Ladies FC
Who: Open to all
When: 2pm kick-off
Where: Bromley FC – The Stadium, Hayes Lane, BR2 9EF
Cost: Adults £3 under 16’s FREE

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