Forres Girls from the Scottish FA north region were recipients of recent funding from The Scottish Football Partnership Trust’s Club Development Grant scheme which is supported by the Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust.
The club decided to use this funding to offer a block of free taster sessions to encourage new players to attend and eventually join the club, initially focussing on the 2009-2006 age groups.
Ann Ewing from Forres Girls thanked both the SFP Trust and the Kilpatrick Fraser Charitable Trust and commented “We are currently training twice a week and have managed to grow our membership to around 87 players which is brilliant for our little local club that started in October 2018. Most of these players are younger (primary aged) and participate in monthly festivals in Inverness and we are proud to have maintained a 100% attendance record at these festivals. We kit all our players out and try to provide social events for our girls also (bowling/ice-skating/cinema) alongside the football element as we believe it is important to provide experiences for the girls as a group and encourage friendships and a sense of belonging and being part of something. As you know, we intend to use this financial contribution towards our continued growth. We continue to look to recruit players across all age groups but are pushing hard for the 2009-2006 age groups in particular. We feel it’s important to make sure older girls are encouraged to try the sport also. We will also look to up-skill our coaches through further Scottish FA Coach Education qualifications, in turn benefitting our youngsters.”