A new girls’ football team has launched in Peckham and is looking for new members of any ability.
Girls United Football Association trains on Saturday mornings from 9.30-12.30 in Peckham Rye Park, and is keen for girls aged six to eighteen years of all abilities to join the new team.
Its organisers – who also run a team in Mexico – say they plan to hold a training camp in February half-term, and a tournament next summer to coincide with the Women’s World Cup final.
Founder Romina Calatayud told the News: “We want more girls to have the opportunity to engage with football with the aim of making them more confident and give them skills which they can use throughout their lives.
“We want to be an important part of the girls’ grassroots scene in London, where there’s so much opportunity for growth.
“I’m a real believer that football can be super-impactful in a girl’s life.
“Girls United is an organisation that sets up clubs, programmes and spaces for this to happen.
“We want more opportunities for girls to get active, learn skills and fall in love with the game.
“Football is not all about the ball. At Girls United, we focus on developing life skills through the game.
“Our sessions combine football training with leadership training so that players are not just improving their technical and tactical skills but also becoming confident leaders.
“From Mexico to London, we are levelling the playing field, on and off the pitch.”