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Encouraging the next generation

25 March 2014

Free girls-only development sessions

Millwall FC and Millwall Lionesses are proud to be one of the 54 clubs that work closely with The Football League Trust to deliver female football development sessions aimed at young women aged 14-25 years in the local community.

The FFD programme is an integral part of the progression of the game, driving participation growth and retention as it delivers thousands of free FFD sessions throughout the UK.

The Millwall Community Trust have been working closely with many schools and community groups in the local area to deliver their FFD programme, and using only female Lionesses coaches to develop and encourage the next generation of women footballers.

One of the coaches delivering on the programme is young Hope Nash, who at only 16 could still be taking part in the sessions, never mind delivering them.

Hope, who has been playing with Millwall for five years is currently at the Millwall Lionesses Centre of Excellence and will be attending the Lionesses academy from September. Gaining her FA level one qualification just three months ago Hope has been volunteering for the programme and takes her ambassador role very seriously.

She explains: "As well as developing me as a player, Millwall has developed me as a person. I have had many good experiences at Millwall from coaches, and that's what inspired me to start coaching.

"It's important for us (Lionesses) to work in the community and to be role models for other girls in the local area. For me, some of the girls I coach are the same age and are my peers, so it's really relaxed and fun.

"The FFD programme is fantastic and no two days are the same, it keeps me on my toes and being a coach on the programme gives me the opportunity to give others a chance to play football, keep active in a safe environment and still have fun!"

If you are interested in joining us for one of the Lionesses free girls-only sessions why not come down to one of our sessions below:

Tuesday nights from 7-9pm at the TNG Centre, Wells Park Road SE26 6AD

Tuesday nights (from April 1st) 7-8pm at the Lions Centre, Bolina Road SE16 3LD

Thursday nights 6 – 7:30pm at the Lions Centre, Bolina Road, SE16 3LD 

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