Foundation Launches Girls Football Programme

Aldershot Town FC’s Shots Foundation launched a new Sunday morning Girls Football project last weekend, with over 25 players aged between five and 11 taking part at St Joseph’s Primary School.

Funded by the National League Trust and running from 10am-11am every Sunday at the school on Bridge Road in Aldershot, Shots Foundation Manager Mark Simmons said: “This is only the second project for the newly formed Shots Foundation and I was delighted with the turnout for the first week. I hope that the sessions prove successful and that we see good numbers each week. I look forward to following its development over the coming weeks and months.”

The Shots Foundation, which launched a new Walking Football project for Rushmoor’s Nepalese community in November, will also be delivering football taster-sessions and extra-curricular clubs in local schools this term to help promote the Sunday sessions.

The sessions cost just £2 per week, with all participants wanting to improve their football skills able to just turn up and play.

With a mission statement to “make a difference in our communities through the power of football”, the Shots Foundation aims to raise aspirations and inspire all members of the community by promoting active and healthy lifestyles. Working with Rushmoor residents who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas in the UK, the Foundation will seek to improve standards in education, health and mental wellbeing.

The National League Trust is a charity that offers grant aid to National League clubs to support and develop their community projects, with over £5million distributed so far. This money comes from the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association, who have committed to support the Trust until 2019. They each contribute to an annual donation of £1.2m. 59 National League clubs are currently running projects and receiving funding from the Trust.