The England women’s team’s run to the 2019 World Cup semi-final has sparked an increase in female participation in football, it has been reported in The Telegraph this week.

Gad’s PE teacher, Mrs Charlotte Jago, said:  “Our girls have been inspired by this year’s coverage of women’s football and the sport has become increasingly popular among them.”

At Gad’s, football is taught to both girls and boys, with Juniors and younger Seniors regularly playing together in PE lessons and older students given the choice of playing a number of sports, including football.

Last month, girls from local primary schools were invited to take part in school’s first mixed football tournament.

Six teams of girls and boys competed in the under 11 round-robin competition, which was hosted by Gad’s Juniors, in their school grounds.

In a recent assembly, our Year four class met UEFA’s Grassroots Gold Award Best Leader – and learned that football ‘isn’t just for boys’.

Founding member of the Guru Nanak FC women’s team, Parm Gill, is the first Asian woman in the UK to start a girls’ football team.

The Telegraph article went on to state that the number of women who are committed football players in England has increased by 850,000 since this summer’s World Cup.

With Gad’s girls now taking part in the school’s community and House football tournaments and more inclusive PE lessons for girls and boys, football continues to be a an important part of the life at  Gad’s.

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