Girls at the forefront for City

Last Updated: 13/08/14 8:39am

A look at Manchester City's girls-only soccer schools aimed at engaging more girls in football.

Premier League champions Manchester City are undertaking a big push to get more young girls active.

Research shows that only 8% of 14-year-old girls meet recommended physical activity levels and 56% of women play no sport at all. Now Manchester City and their foundation, City in the Community, have been trying to provide opportunities to change those statistics for the better.

The club has entered into a partnership with the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation and have been delivering a number of other initiatives, including:

Women and Girls Football Programme - Funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund and the FA, this programme involved reaching out to 180 girls in Manchester across 330 sessions.

FA Girls' Player Development Centre - This involves working with the under-11s, under-13s and under-15s at three teams.

Play the Game: Girl's session – This programme runs every Wednesday from 4.30pm-6pm and aims to engage more girls in football.

Soccer Schools - CITC run free Girls Only Soccer Schools during every half-term holiday.

Overall, City in the Community have delivered over 470 sessions aimed specifically for women and girls since September 2013 and more than 30% of CITC programme participants are now female.