In the world of football, the greatest players rely on a whole range of skills to perform in the best way they can. A modern professional team is highly likely to feature a range of individuals from completely different backgrounds to each of their teammates. Some of these players will speak in different languages and may even hold values not shared by anybody else. Yet, a good team will be able to look past these differences in the pursuit of a common goal: to perform well and leave a match victorious, coming together to do all they can to work as a team despite what makes them different.
It’s this kind of inclusive and team-focused philosophy that we strive to instil in all those involved in our award-winning football development programme, giving the girls who take part in our scheme crucial skills that they can also transfer to all areas of everyday life, away from the pitch altogether.
At the end of last month, we took 31 girls from our London-based partnership schools to take part in a residential weekend to help them on their way to setting new goals, overcoming challenges and breaking down barriers.
The Woodrow Cup residential
Across an enlightening two days, our girls were involved a number of team-building outdoor activities, such as high rope courses and zip wires, as part of the annual tournament for the Woodrow Cup, a trophy produced in partnership with Watford FC and London Youth.
As part of our mission to champion our young women and girls into sport, these activities really emphasised the importance of working in a team, the value of resilience and the need to rise up and meet challenges head-on. And this was a lesson quickly learned as the girls, despite coming third in the event’s football tournament, were awarded the golden plate trophy during the competition’s presentation ceremony, beating some stiff competition!
As a means of taking the girls out of their comfort zones (and, in the case of some, away from their precious Wi-Fi!), their experience at the Woodrow Cup was an immensely positive one, and proof that good things can happen when people are pushed to reach their potential. After all, life is about the challenges we face and what steps we can take to overcome them.
Our residential trips are just one example of how our development programme enriches the lives of all the young women and girls we support. At Goals4Girls, we aim to use the power of football to help those from highly-deprived areas build their confidence, improve attitudes to education and find it easier to make friends. We put all of our efforts into giving these girls the opportunities that have been denied them due to their social backgrounds and, with every passing day, we can really see the difference that we are making.
You can help us break down barriers for our young women. We do not charge any of the participants of our programmes and rely on annual donations to deliver our programmes to our young women and girls. Want to be a part of our next adventure? Donate now. (https://goals4girls.co.uk/donations/7261/)
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