The Leeds United Foundation have hundreds of girls throughout Leeds taking part in training sessions and competitive games every week at one of the many 'Girls Football' programmes delivered by the club's official charity.
There is a female mentoring programme in place that provides young girls with the opportunity to develop their skills from one programme to the next, please see below the different programmes currently being delivered.
The aim of each Wildcat Centre is for young girls to be able to come along to have fun, make friends and play football. The sessions provide an opportunity for girls aged from 5 to 11 to develop fundamental skills which in turn will hopefully inspire a love for football and sport.
Girls Junior Football Club
In 2017 the Foundation set up their very own female grassroots junior football club for girls who wanted to make that next step from attending one of the Wildcats Centres to becoming a part of a competitive team. The club was established in Sherburn, an area identified as having very little girl’s football options by the West Riding County FA. Currently the Foundation has an Under-7’s and Under-8’s team.
Premier League Girls Football
Premier League Girls is an initiative with The Football Association that aims to provide opportunities for females over the age of 11 to take part in the sport in a local community setting. The main objectives for the programme are to help increase the number of girls playing football on a regular basis and increase opportunities for them to develop their skills and confidence and progress within the pathway.
The Leeds United Foundation deliver weekly sessions with Level Two female coaches with the aim for them to then progress into the Talent Centre.
The Leeds United Foundation Talent Centre is a weekly football coaching session that takes young females onto the next level in their development. The sessions are all focused around individual ball work and making sure the players are ready to meet the demands required of them in the Regional Talent Centre.
Regional Talent Club (RTC)
An RTC is an enhanced coaching centre for U10, U11, U12, U14 and U16 age groups, and allows players identified as having elite potential the opportunity to access appropriate levels of coaching and support.
The young girls who are part of an RTC are provided with a minimum of three-hours training a week and all players take part in a fixture programme.
The overall aim is for girls to reach the best of their ability so they can go onto play at the highest level of football for both club and country.