University becomes women’s football hub

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The University of Wolverhampton has been selected as a specialist hub for women’s football and futsal.

Wolverhampton is one of 19 universities to have been successful in becoming a BUCS Women’s Football and Futsal Specialist Hub, run in partnership with BUCS and The FA.

Through the University Grassroots Hubs programme, 70 universities have received £400,500 to support the development of football and futsal.

Nineteen of these universities have been identified to be a specialist hub in recognition of their passion and commitment to developing women and girl’s football, and also wanting to enhance their offer through innovative programmes and working with both internal and external partners.

Tracy Nash, Professional and Workforce Sports Manager at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The University has a strong focus on developing women’s sports and we’re delighted that our commitment has been recognised in this way. We are really looking forward to developing new initiatives and offers to support women’s football and futsal and driving forward innovative new ideas to increase engagement through playing, volunteering and upskilling the workforce within the two sports.”

The universities will get access to additional support in the delivery and development of their women’s offer, through both individual and networking meetings. They will be at the forefront of new initiatives and offers, getting first access to pilot projects and innovation sessions to support in the development of the game.

Specialist hubs will have the opportunity to apply for innovation funding to deliver a new women’s football or futsal programme at their institution.

Donna McIvor, National Participation Manager at The FA added: “Congratulations to the universities selected as Women’s Football Specialist Hubs. The FA is committed to doubling participation and making football the number one sport of choice for girls and women; Hubs play an important role in achieving this ambition. Hubs play a significant role in providing opportunities for women and girls to participate in the game as players, leaders, coaches, officials and fans both in the university itself and in their local communities. I am excited to work closer with the Specialist Hubs and BUCS over the forthcoming months to make a meaningful difference to women’s and girls’ football.”

Over the next nine months BUCS will be working closely with the 19 universities with the aim of sharing key challenges and successes with the wider network, to support other universities who may be looking to target female engagement in football or futsal.

For further information about sport at the University of Wolverhampton, visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/sport

Further information

For further information please contact Nicki Russell, BUCS Women and Girls Football Development Officer. For University of Wolverhampton Media inquiries contact: 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Friday, 26 October 2018

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