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UV football helping girls to get into the game

23 Apr 2017
Bolton Wanderers captain Darren Pratley, UV PL Girls Football tournament

Bolton Wanderers project helping the PL Girls Football extend its reach across North West

Confidence can be a significant barrier to young people trying out something new, especially when it comes to sport.

To combat this initial reluctance, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust (BWCT) has been using UV sport in their Premier League 4 Sport project for netball, badminton, basketball, table tennis and volleyball.

The exciting and innovative idea has been expanded to their PL Girls Football programme, to encourage girls who may not have played the game.

"Lots of girls have told us, 'No one knows who I am so it doesn't matter what mistakes I make; I  can just play, be myself and express myself'," said Katie Bent, BWCT's head of community sport.

The success of the programme led to BWCT holding their first UV sport PL Girls Football tournament, with teams from the North West representing Bolton, Bury, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End. 

See: 'Female football is increasing massively'

"All the girls that took part in the competition had never played UV football before and were sceptical as to how it would work," Katie told BBC Match of the Day for their regular Premier League Community Feature. "By the end of the competition the girls were asking when the next the competition will be and can they come back and play."

The PL Girls Football programme, run in partnership with The Football Association, is delivered by 86 Premier League and Football League clubs and has engaged almost 20,000 players since September.

BWCT has engaged with 260 participants across 16 weekly PL Girls Football sessions.

See: What is Premier League Girls Football?

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