Ash Denham, Scottish Government’s Community Safety Minister, visited Gracemount High School in her South Edinburgh consituency to meet with some of the young girls taking part in Scottish Football Association’s CashBack-funded Girls Only School of Football.
The School of Football is a social and educational programme aimed at supporting young people at risk of exclusion. It works to support pupils aged 12-14 in a key stage in their transition from primary to secondary school and beyond.
The selection of participants comes from a collaboration between teachers and football development staff. The initiative provides a Curriculum for Excellence-focused programme of football coaching, aimed towards developing cognitive and social skills as well as completing an SQA accredited Dynamic Youth Award over the first two years of the participants’ secondary school life.
The SFA has used CashBack for Communities funding to increase girls’ participation in football. The Girls only Schools of Football are focused on developing self-confidence, social skills as well as addressing other gender issues.
Ash Denham described the programme as “inspirational” and said: “It was such a pleasure to visit Gracemount High School to meet with the ‘Girls Only’ School of Football. It was wonderful to speak to the girls about their experience of this fantastic project.”