Girls’ Football School Partnership

What is a Girls Football School Partnership?

We have teamed up with the FA and the Youth Sport Trust to be part of the national Barclays Girls’ Football School Partnerships (BGFSP) programme. 

TARGETThe target for the programme is to give girls equal access to football in schools by 2024.  

Click the below link to view an equal access video and support guide which will help you to discover all of the programmes, CPD, resources, kit and equipment that is available to you to help achieve this. 


Register on the Girls Football in Schools website

Go to the Girls Football in Schools website ( and sign up to this great programme free of charge. 

The website has been set up for any school in England (Primary or Secondary) to access:

  • Free exclusive digital resources,
  • Teacher training
  • CPD
  • News and updates
  • Plus much more

Click the below link to register your school and access the full range of opportunities. 

Make a Pledge to #LetGirlsPlay

Are you committed to growing girls football in your school? Join thousands of schools across England who have already made a pledge to ensure every girl has equal access to football in schools by 2024.

Take part in the #LetGirlsPlay Biggest Ever Girls Football Session

On Friday 8th March 2024, the Biggest Ever Football Session is back and what an incredible way to celebrate International Women’s Day at your school!

The aim is to get as many girls as possible playing football on the same day in schools across England. Can you help us beat last years total of 285,000 girls taking part?

Register now to be part of it – there are prizes to be won if you are one of the first 100 schools to sign-up, so be quick!

Disney Inspired Shooting Stars (KS1&2)

Disney inspired Shooting Stars by England Football has been designed to support girls aged 5-11 develop their speaking and listening skills through creative play and storytelling, as well as support the development of their physical literacy and introduce them to football.

The programme is made up of two initiatives: 

  • Active Play Through Storytelling 
  • Girls Football Clubs 

For more information about the Disney Inspired Shooting Stars programme and to find out about other FREE resources available to schools click the link below.
FREE On-Demand Training now live!

Kick start your academic year with Disney inspired Shooting Stars on-demand training. Access the training and complete it at a time and speed that suits you and brings the magic of Disney to your schools this year.

Barclays Game On (KS3&4)

Barclays Game On – Go Teach – Barclays Game On was developed by the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with England Football. It is designed to support secondary schools to engage girls in curriculum physical education through a life skills approach, using football as a vehicle.

Barclays Game On – Go Play – A physical and digital resource to support schools to set up an extra-curricular football offer for girls in KS3. All of the activities, games and practices in the pack have been designed specifically to engage girls aged 12-14. Sessions focus on fun, team-building and growing girls confidence with a football and offer simple and clear content for teachers to pick up and deliver.

Barclays Game On – Go Lead – GO Lead empowers girls with the tools and training to become girls’ football activators to design, create and deliver football activities to their peers to engage new and different girls.

Whistlers by England Football

Whistlers by England Football provides an introduction to officiating, improving young girls’ skills and confidence, developing more role models across roles within football.

Girls will be provided with a basic knowledge of the laws of the game, develop communication skills and confidence to allow girls to support the delivery of festivals and competitions on completion of the programme.

The programme follows a ‘train the trainer’ model. Teachers that sign up to the programme will be provided with a two-hour virtual orientation session. Once teachers have attended this, they can deliver six one-hour Whistlers workshops within their school to their chosen group of girls.

Equal Access Survey

Each year the FA and Youth Sport Trust ask schools to complete a survey to outline the footballing opportunities that they provide in there school.

It helps the organisations understand the progress being made towards the programme’s aim of achieving equal access to football for girls. 

The results will help inform future direction of the programme and also help secure further funding to benefit schools.

The survey will be open for schools to complete during the Summer Term 2024. Details will be emailed to schools nearer the time.

Community links

If your daughter has enjoyed taking part in football at their school, why not take them along to a local community football session.

There are a range of types of opportunity available which include competitive club football and also fun casual football sessions.

These include:

  • Weetabix Wildcats – Training sessions for girls aged 5-11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in fun and engaging activities created just for girls.
  • Squad Girls – Offering a fun, non-competitive way for girls aged 12-14 to play football locally, Squad Girls’ Football caters for 
  • Talent Centres – Opportunities for girls to get to the next level via The FA’s Emerging Talent Centre delivered by Norwich City Community Sports Foundation.
  • Local clubs – Search local football clubs using The FA Find Football website.

For further information

If you are a PE Coordinator or Headteacher at a school within the Norwich School Sport Partnership and you have a question about the Girls Football Schools Partnership programme please email Jon Osborne ( the Strategic Lead for the Norwich SSP