#LetGirlsPlay Winners

Published 6 September 2022

The success of the Lionesses at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will have inspired many girls this summer. Amongst them will be Poppy Camplin and Abi Rutt (Year 11) who recently learnt they were to be the worthy recipients of an FA #LetGirlsPlay Award: following their nomination by the school for their work in supporting participation in the sport.

The Football Association’s campaign, #LetGirlsPlay, calls for all girls to have equal access to football in schools by 2024. Research shared as part of the campaign shows that whilst football is the most popular team sport for young people in England, only a third of girls aged 5-18 years participate each week. The research findings also show that 90% of girls that play enjoy it, 60% of the girls that play football in schools want to play more and 91% of girls that do not play, want the opportunity to do so.

 

Having completed the Barclays Game on Activators course Poppy and Abi used their knowledge and understanding of the game to help motivate and inspire other girls to take part in football during activity times and after school, ensuring the sessions are accessible to all abilities. The school welcomed The FA last term so that they could film Abi and Poppy in action as they led a Year 9 lesson and Year 8 after school club.

Mrs Leach, St Bart’s PE Teacher, who nominated Abi and Poppy for the award, said: “It is such an exciting time for women’s football, with the England team’s stellar performance at the EUROS and record attendance figures for the sport. I am delighted for Poppy and Abi, not only do the girls have a love of the sport and demonstrate fantastic football skills and leadership, but they are also encouraging their peers to participate and thrive in the game.”

Congratulations Abi and Poppy!

The school has recently committed to a new West Berkshire Co-curricular Provision Programme, which has seen a renewed focus around mass participation and the broadest possible sports offer. Girls’ football is going from strength-to-strength and this year we have entered three different age groups into the West Berkshire League, as well as the English Schools Cup and County Cup. Go girls!