LONGFORD GIRLS FC ETHOS AND CLUB
- We are committed to accessible, inclusive, fun football and fair play and we will ensure every girl has the chance to play in the team at matches if she wishes to whatever her ability and to encourage respect for all the girls (including the opposition) on the pitch and for the referees who are often young people themselves.
- We aim to provide the girls with opportunities to learn new skills, improving their football and fitness with well trained and committed, and safe, qualified volunteers.
- We strive to make sure the girls have a safe, enjoyable game where they are able to build their confidence on and off the pitch, learn about teamwork, sharing good experiences.
- We work to encourage girls enjoyment and confidence in their physical abilities and in sport generally as well as in their football and hope that their positive sporting experiences now will encourage and motivate them to keep active and enjoy any type of sport they choose throughout their life.
- We try and encourage girls to participate, whatever level they are, recognising that girls have limited opportunities or encouragement to do so both at school and in the community generally and in particular for girls and women wanting to play football.
- We aim to break down barriers that girls face when they want to participate in football – be they social, economic, physical or due to discrimination.
- As an “all women and girls players and coaches and managers club “we hope to offer positive role models to the girls.
HOW WE MEET OUR AIMS
- LGFC are open to any girls who want to play football from age 8 to18 either just training or becoming part of a team and playing matches.
- LGFC are an FA Chartered Standard club .All coaches are at least FA level 1 trained, have first aid certificates & are CRB checked.
- To ensure the club is open to as many girls as possible we welcome girls of any ability, and aim keep the prices for parents and carers to a minimum to cover costs (£1.00 per match and £1.00 for training). We have a 3 year £2000 grant which we accessed through “ grow the game” for last 2 years which helps covers most of the costs of running 3 teams in the league and referees fees and training venues.
- LGFC also are running a boot-recycling scheme, so that, as girls grow out of boots quickly, they can be handed down to others without great expense.
- Many of the girls do not have access to a car or their parent /s carer is working or looking after other children so coaches help out with transport to the games or training so that this does not prevent the girl participating.
- The club is run and managed by women volunteers (three mums of footballing girls who went on the coaching course) and we have many young female club footballers coaching regularly and have had young women footballers from the Manchester University teams volunteering as coaches over past years.
- We expect parents to support the girls and shout positive encouragement from the side not criticism or coaching and to set an example of accepting the referee’s decision is final and not one to be argued with / shouted against during the match.
- We challenge any forms of racism or sexism on or off the pitch and follow the child protection guidelines set out by the FA. We have a volunteer welfare officer who has done the course and she works in social services.
Other Club Information
Codes of Conduct