The City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College and Stoke City Community Trust Join Forces to Offer Competitive Female Football Opportunities to Aspiring Women Aged 16-19
The City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College and Stoke City Community Trust are proud to announce an exciting collaboration aimed at promoting and developing competitive female football within the local community.
This unique partnership will provide aspiring young women, aged 16-19, studying any course at the Sixth Form College with the opportunity to participate in high-quality football training and competitive matches, regardless of their chosen field of study.
Traditionally, opportunities for young women to engage in competitive football have often been limited, especially if they pursued academic or vocational courses not directly related to sports. Recognising the importance of inclusivity and equal opportunities for all, City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College and Stoke City Community Trust have joined forces to bridge this gap and offer aspiring female footballers the chance to pursue their passion while excelling in their chosen academic disciplines.
Inspired by the monumental success of the Lionesses at the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the Sixth Form College and Stoke City Community Trust are aim to cultivate and champion the next generation of female football stars, as well as supporting the journey of making women’s football the pride of our nation.”
Through this collaboration, female students enrolled on any course at the Sixth Form College will have the opportunity to access professional coaching, state-of-the-art facilities, and regular training sessions designed to enhance their skills and performance on the field. Stoke City Community Trust’s experienced coaches will provide expert guidance and support, helping the young athletes develop both individually and as part of a team.
Phil McPherson, Assistant Principal of City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College said,
Our aim is to create an environment where young women can thrive academically while pursuing their passion for football. By opening the doors to competitive female football, irrespective of their chosen course, we hope to inspire and empower our students to excel both on and off the pitch.”
Commenting on the partnership, Duncan Gilchrist, Football Education and Disability Manager from Stoke City Community Trust, said,
We are thrilled to be working alongside City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College to provide more female students with opportunities to develop their football skills and compete at a higher level. Football has the power to bring people together and empower individuals, and we believe that by working together, we can continue to inspire a new generation of female footballers in Stoke-on-Trent.”
This initiative represents an important step towards creating equal opportunities for young women in sports, breaking down barriers, and fostering an inclusive environment that encourages the pursuit of both academic and athletic excellence.