ISFA GIRLS COMMUNITY HUB SCHOOLS

ST AUBYN'S SCHOOL HOST GIRLS COMMUNITY HUB ACTIVITIES

As part of the ISFA Girls Community Hub School programme St Aubyn’s School have been busy hosting girls football activities.

This year, as part of their commitment to develop girl’s football, the school hosted a girls six-a-side festival with girls from St. Edmund’s College Prep and Woodford Green Prep School invited to participate. A total of 48 girls participated in the festival with the format enabling schools to play each other in a round robin of friendly matches.

St. Aubyn’s also hosted the ISFA U11 South Central qualifier where the best two teams on the day would go through to the finals of the National U11 girls cup held at St George’s Park. A total of six schools participated and the standard of football was impressive throughout the day.

In addition to the festivals, the school has also organised regular girls football sessions for girls in year 4 & 5, and year 5 & 6, with 20 girls regularly attending each session. 

ARDINGLY HOST GIRLS COMMUNITY HUB SCHOOL FESTIVALS

 As part of Ardingly College’s application to become an ISFA Girls Community Hub School they planned two big girls football events for schools in their local area.

The first was an U11 tournament for local primary schools in East Grinstead which saw a total of 110 girls from 12 schools girls playing football. Young leadership was also a theme of the day with competing teams from Ardingly being managed by girls from the schools 1st XI.

The following week, U8 & U9 girls football festival was held, with girls from Ardingly being joined by girls from 6 other schools all mixed in together to make 16 teams. Each game played had a technical challenge for them to try and the emphasis was centred around having fun and scoring goals, together with this. There was also a further opportunity for older girls to gain experience of leadership with each pitch being looked after by a young leader. A total of 96 girls participated in this event, resulting in over 200 girls playing and enjoying football across both days. 

 ISFA GIRLS COMMUNITY HUB SCHOOLS ACTIVITY BEGINS

After launching its new Girls Community Hub School Programme in January ISFA is delighted to announce that the first year of activity is ready to begin.

At the start of the year ISFA successfully applied for funding from The FA to launch two brand new activities aimed at beginning the process of doubling the number of girls playing football, a national U11 Girls 7v7 Cup organised in partnership with ISA and IAPS, and Community Hub Schools. The ISFA Girls Community Hub School Programme will deliver investment into member schools that develop new internal and external girls football activity through lunchtime clubs, after school sessions, and festivals.

Alleyn’s School, Ardingly College, Bede’s Prep, Berkhamsted Girls School, Bury Grammar School, Chigwell School and St Aubyn’s School were chosen to deliver during the first year of the programme, with each school will now deliver internal football sessions and external football festivals during the summer term. These additional football activities will run alongside the new U11 Girls Cup and ISFA’s girls summer football festivals organised for girls in years 7-10.

ISFA’s Football Development Manager Ian Bent is delighted to see the programme up and running, commenting; “It is great to see so many schools wanting to get involved in the programme and launch their activities in year one. Schools didn’t have long to apply to be involved in the programme and get their activity started, so to see so much activity already planned is fantastic. Next year we are looking to get more schools involved as we continue to commit to developing girls football as one of our key strategic priorities. Huge thanks must go to The FA for supporting us with this programme and assisting us with getting is off the ground so quickly”.

The application process will soon re-open for any schools who would like to be a part of the programme in year two, with successful schools receiving investment and support to establish new girls football activity. If your school would like to be a part of this programme, or has any queries on the programme or developing girls football within your school, please contact ISFA’s Football Development Manager Ian Bent via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ISFA LAUNCH NEW GIRLS COMMUNITY HUB SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

The Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) are delighted to announce the start of a new programme designed to support the development and growth of girls football with Independent Schools.

ISFA Girls Community Hub Schools Programme will deliver investment into schools to support them to develop and grow girls football through internal and external football activities. ISFA are looking to recruit 8 schools to participate in the first year of the programme, with football activity taking place during the summer term in 2017. Schools will be asked to provide girls football internally through either a lunch time or after school club and externally through festivals involving other local schools.

The criteria for a ISFA Girls Community Hub School is as follows:

- Member of ISFA for 16/17 season.

- Minimum of 20 girls participating in internal football activity (examples of activity include lunch or after school club, activity must be minimum of 6 weeks, a participant is a player that attends a football session for minimum of 6 weeks)

- Minimum of 40 girls participating in external football activity (examples of activity include girls football festival, activity must include other schools, a participant is a player that attends a festival, including girls from other schools)

Participate in FA Girls Football Week & sign up to FA Secondary School Programme (ISFA will support this process for eligible schools)

ISFA Girls Community Hub Schools will receive the following:

- £500 to spend on kit and equipment to support girls football within your school

- Support from ISFA with developing and growing girls football within your school

- Support from ISFA with promotion of girls football including a section on ISFA website to promote your activities

- Free teaching resources via FA Secondary Schools Programme

- Free equipment via FA Secondary Schools Programme

Please click here for an application form. 

For further details or to apply to become an ISFA Girls Community Hub School please contact Ian Bent, ISFA’s National Football Development Manager, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for applications is Monday 6th March 2017.

Sun 24th Sept
ISFA Girls U18 & U16
Trials Day
(Queenswood School)

Sun 8th Oct
ISFA Girls U18 & U15 National Seven-a-Side
Tournament

12th-13th Dec
ISFA Girls U18 & U16
Representative Camp
(St. George’s Park)