A group of girls from Accrington Academy took to the pitch for a starring role in the Football Association’s new nationwide campaign to promote girls’ football. The group of 20 aspiring footballers put their skills to the test on camera for the FA’s new teacher resources, which will be rolled out to over 1,000 secondary schools across the country.
The footage will be used in both the FA’s Secondary School Teaching Award and their partnership with the Youth Sport Trust – Game of Our Own Project. Both programmes are about showcasing the importance of girls’ football in schools and communities and promoting the grassroots game across the country. The filming took place around their lessons over two days and captured the girls taking part in training drills and football games. One of the girls taking part said of the experience:
“We have absolutely loved it and enjoyed it all!” Another added: “We can’t wait to watch some of the videos back!”
The invitation to take part in the filming comes after Accrington Academy won Secondary School of the Year at the Hyndburn Sports Awards for the second year running. This prestigious local award recognised the value placed on sport and PE within the curriculum, as well as the continued success of the many sports teams at Accrington Academy.
Several students were also nominated for individual awards, with one Sixth Former – Ethan Naisbitt – winning Young Achiever of the Year against tough competition. This means that the school, and Ethan, will go through to the Lancashire Sports Awards in November.
James Kerfoot, Headteacher of Accrington Academy, said: “We are incredibly proud of our PE and sports programme at Accrington Academy and are keen that every student – no matter their interest or ability level – has the opportunity to try out. After our success at the Hyndburn Sports Awards this year, we were delighted to be offered the chance to partner with the FA and Youth Sport Trust on their new teacher resources. The girls are fantastic young footballers and I know how much they enjoyed taking part in the filming and helping to promote girls’ and grassroots football around the country.”
On Twitter, both the FA and Youth Sport Trust heaped praise on the students and the school. Danny Burton, YST National Secondary PE Lead, tweeted: “What a day, thank you to @acc_academy for your hospitality for today’s filming – your students were superb!” Chris Lowe of the FA also posted: “A great few days with you, thanks for looking after us so well, the @AccAcademyPE and your girls were a credit to the school and @UnitedSport1 @UnitedLearning”