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How SSE is helping over 1,000 girls play football

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Recent research by The FA shows that only 41% of girls aged 10 play football, compared to 95% of boys of the same age. We want to give as many girls as possible the chance to play the beautiful game.

To understand how to do this, we approached clubs across England with The FA and asked them to tell us what help they needed to get more girls playing football.

They told us they needed funding for pitches to practice on, new strips, transport to events, paying coaches and buying new equipment.

How we're helping

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The FA SSE Girls' Football Participation Programme gives football clubs funding to set up new teams and coaching sessions. These sessions are for girls aged 5 to 14 in England.

So far, we've given 34 clubs across England funds to set up coaching sessions for girls.

We expect 1,230 girls to take part in 2016 with 18% coming from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, and 42 disabled participants. We're also looking to add new teams throughout the year.

As well as this, we're highlighting the benefits girls can get from the sport with our Dads and Daughters campaign. The campaign highlights how dads can build connections with their daughters through football.

Our commitment to grassroots football

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In 2015, we began a four-year partnership with The FA as title sponsors of The SSE Women's FA Cup. A part of the deal is our commitment to support grassroots football for girls.

We're proud to support women's football and excited to talk to a new generation of girls and their families about the joy of playing football.

Check the hashtag #SSEGirlsUnited on social media to keep up with the action.

Getting involved

To find a girls' football club near you, go to the FA's Play Football website.