Local girls represent Bristol Rovers in Premier League Kicks Cup 2023
More than 150 girls from across England and Wales made the journey to Warwick University’s Cryfield Sports Pavilion this week, to take part in the Under-16 girls’ Premier League Kicks Cup.
The Under-16 girls’ tournament is one of the competition elements of the Premier League’s flagship community programme, Premier League Kicks, and celebrates the Premier League’s commitment to increasing opportunities for girls and young women to play. More than 21,000 girls and young women have taken part in Premier League Kicks sessions this season to date.
Established in Season 2006/07, Premier League Kicks sees more than 90 professional football clubs, in some of the most high-need areas in England and Wales, run free weekly football sessions and positive activities to inspire young people to reach their potential.
Bristol Rovers took part in the Under-16 girls’ tournament, for the chance to lift the 2023 Premier League Kicks Cup. Teams were recognised for respect throughout the tournament, with fair play trophies awarded by Premier League, EFL and WSL match officials.
Premier League Head of Community Nick Perchard said: “The Premier League is committed to promoting equality and diversity in all we do, and this year’s Premier League Kicks Cup Under-16 girls’ tournament provides an amazing opportunity for young people from different backgrounds to come together and represent their clubs.
“It’s important that we provide more opportunities for girls and young women to play and develop in sport. The Premier League Kicks Cup Under-16 girls’ tournament is another example of this commitment, and builds on the League’s support for the game, which includes funding for The FA’s Emerging Talent Centres and pathways for girls aged eight to 16.”
The Premier League Kicks Cup Under-16 girls’ tournament is a celebration of how Premier League Kicks connects young people with football, providing positive opportunities to help them to reach their potential.
More than 500 girls representing more than 60 professional football clubs across England and Wales took part in regional qualifying tournaments earlier this year, in the hope of earning the chance to play in the Premier League Kicks Cup finals, in the playing kit of their professional football club side.
Premier League Kicks Lead at Bristol Rovers Community Trust, Will Dixon said “It was a fantastic event and an amazing opportunity for our participants to part in such a well organised event. The girls did themselves proud by reaching the Quarter Final and competing against some incredibly talented girls from all over the UK.
Liverpool Women’s Taylor Hinds was on-hand to motivate and encourage the teams throughout the event, and the players’ mental health and wellbeing will be supported through a series of workshops and off the pitch activities, including social media sessions and journaling activities designed to encourage participants to talk about their emotions.
Thanks to the Premier League’s official ball supplier, Nike, Master Trainers will be delivering warm-up activities, and all participants had the chance to capture their involvement in the tournament in the Panini photobooth, thanks to the League’s official sticker and trading card licensee.
More than 100,000 girls and young women took part in Premier League funded community programmes in Season 2021/22.
The Premier League is committed to providing better accessibility and more inclusivity for young female players and enhancing player development from grassroots to the elite game.
In addition to supporting girls and young women to access through its community programmes, the League is also investing £21m into women’s and girls’ football over three years. This includes £5.25m to more than double the number of girls (to over 4,200) on the pathway to professional football through Emerging Talent Centres.
To find out more about the Premier League’s commitment to increasing girls’ participation, please visit premierleague.com.