Panathlon piloted their first girls only football skills day today hosted by Langdon Academy in East London. 25 students participated from 5 local schools.The purpose of the day was to get more girls involved in football, particularly as girls are under-represented in our London football competition. The FA’s rules have recently changed allowing next years London football competitions, both U13 and U16’s to be mixed gender. Panathlon have organised 2 girls football days this term to meet a demand for girls football and get more girls interested and confident in playing football.

The day consisted of a 6 rotation drills run by the Langdon leaders, in groups of 2 or 3 players with 2 leaders. The drills included goal shooting, passing, dribbling & goalie catching. After the drills and after lunch, we split the players & leaders into 10 teams that rotated around 5 mini-pitches, giving all the players 5 games non-stop. The Langdon leaders supported the event with great enthusiasm, really getting involved in the drills, adapting them to the needs of the players & to make them more fun, and then in the games, supporting the players & involving them.   We our second girls football day coming up in a few weeks time in North London. I look forward to seeing another group of players enjoying themselves so much as I saw today.   Thank you to the funders The Mayor of London  

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