Empowering a new generation: girls belong in football

What was once called The Hunslet Boys Club is now a diverse, inclusive, and safe space for every member of the community, and The Hunslet Club is ready for another change.

FIFA, the organisation that governs and develops football worldwide, stated that approximately 29 million women and girls play football worldwide, and they aim to increase the figure to reach 60 million by 2026.

The Hunslet Club are notorious football lovers and support this aim to encourage more women and girls into sport. A plan of action to facilitate the growth of the number of girls in football is already in place at the club.

Starting on Tuesday 18 April 2023, The Hunslet Club will provide free coaching for 2 hours each week until 1 September 2023. These girls-only football sessions will occur Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30pm and will be broken into two one-hour sessions.


  • 5:30-6:30pm: Girls Year 2 – 4
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Girls Year 5 – 7

The current attendees of the girls-only football session are enthusiastic about the prospect of having more team mates and continuing their passion for football.

One player in the current girl’s football session explained that football inspires her, and when she grows up, she wants to be a professional footballer.

For so long, women and girls have been excluded from a sport that promotes fitness, teamwork, communication and more. Now it is time for a change. We should all be actively levelling the playing field to encourage everyone, regardless of background, race, sex etc., to participate and try a sport they are interested in, such as football.

Women’s football is growing worldwide, and Leeds should be a part of that ever-increasing figure. The Hunslet Club plans to continue helping young people have access to more opportunities and help them strive for their dreams.

Everyone should have the chance to do something they love, and The Hunslet Club will always look for ways to enable young people to try new sports, learn something new, make friends, and above all else, have the resources to help them reach their full potential.

Come along to our free, girls-only training sessions – no booking required; come to The Hunslet Club, sign in at reception, and start playing.

Every young girl should have the opportunity to achieve their dream, such as being a professional footballer.


This post was written by Lisa Benfield  

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2 Replies to “Empowering a new generation: girls belong in football”

  1. The sessions are girls in Years 2-7, ie primary school up to first year of secondary school.

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