Students from St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School in St Helens are enjoying a batch of brand new PE equipment, after enrolling in the FA and Youth Sport Trust girls football programme, Game Of Our Own.
The school was awarded the equipment in a prize draw for completing a survey managed by the initiative. The programme aims to improve the PE experience for girls, through teachers adopting a life skills approach to PE using football as the vehicle. It also intends to increase the number of girls participating and enjoying football related activities, as well as developing girls in leadership roles as football activators
This enables them to create and deliver relevant and enjoyable opportunities for more girls in their school, while also helping girls to access community football opportunities.
The kit, which includes new football bibs, balls and drinking cups, will be used in PE lessons and also by the school’s girls’ football team, The Cyclones.
Head of PE and health and social care, Mrs Vicky Jackson, said: “Winning the new kit is a fantastic opportunity for St Cuthbert’s and we hope that this, combined with the school’s sport and physical education programme, will encourage more girls to take part in and enjoy football.
“The Game Of Our Own programme is a fantastic initiative that not only drives participation in sport but also develops vital life skills that are transferable from pitch to classroom and workplace.”
Year 7 student, Ruby Holden-Hunter, said: “Game Of Our Own is a great way to get more girls into football. We get to learn about the game and skills and tactics, but also how to talk to other girls in the school about the sport so they feel motivated to be involved. The new kit is brilliant and we can’t wait to use it.”
Headteacher, Catherine Twist, added: “Being a part of such a rewarding programme is not only beneficial for our students, so they can deliver football sessions to girls their own age but also to the wider community and we feel honoured and proud that we remain at the heart of our community.”