Blackburn Rovers are keen to give a new generation a chance to shine... but they must be female, aged five to seven, and excited about taking their first steps in the game!
Following on from the huge success of a recent tournament which introduced around 100 girls from local primary schools to the game for the first time, Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are introducing weekly classes that can help to pass on the excitement for the game to an all new generation.
The Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre at Ewood Park will play host to the Girls' Player Development Centre every Friday night from 5pm-6pm, starting from Friday 15th January 2016. The aim is to offer all girls aged five to seven a safe and enjoyable environment to hone the basics of the game, with sessions led by FA-qualified coaches from the Community Trust.
Each weekly session costs just £3 per child and promises to give them the perfect head start in what will hopefully prove to be long and enjoyable playing careers, with the Community Trust able to suggest options on how to progress from training to regular game time with well-organised local clubs - or even our progressive girls' Academy for those with outstanding potential.
Andy Aspinall, lead coach for girls' football at BRCT, expects the coaching course to be a popular new addition, explaining:
"We're seeing more and more girls wanting to play football every season, so we want to create a centre here at Ewood Park that allows the youngsters to get into the right playing habits from the very beginning, and enjoy it in an environment where they can see the sort of exciting football that they can aspire to be a part of one day.
"I think that a lot of fans would be amazed at the proportion of girls' football that takes place in our Indoor Centre, and the quality we saw when we welcomed a whole host of local primary schools to a tournament here late last year showed that we've got a ready-made audience to come and enjoy this new concept.
"The girls will learn new skills, make new friends and boost their confidence in an active setting, so we can't wait to see our first intake of players enjoying the new experience and having fun."