Football, often dubbed “the world’s favourite sport”, is still, more often than not, associated with boys. But a growing number of girls are showing enthusiasm and talent on the pitch in Doha, thanks to Evolution Sports Qatar’s new girls-only football programme.
After seeing a huge rise in female participants within their co-ed programmes, and gathering feedback from young female learners, Evolution found that many wanted the opportunity to train and compete with and against their own gender.
With an emphasis on skill and tactics, the programme takes girls football refreshingly seriously. Staff are FA-qualified and Evolution’s “all ball” approach aims to give all players as much exposure to the ball as possible – so there’s no sitting on the sidelines here. But the programme is also about increasing fitness, instilling a sense of respect for teamates and coaches, and, above all, enjoyment of the game, with elements of friendly competition throughout the season, such as penalty shoot-outs and prizes for the best attitude.
Catering to girls as young as 11 and as old as 18, it’s open to anyone and everyone from beginners to aspiring professional players. “The girls-only programme has helped to target those girls who show an interest, but are more comfortable expressing this in a girls-only environment,” says Evolution’s Director of Football, James Ward. “Football should be for everyone”. We agree.
QR1,100 per term. For more information, visit www.evosportsqatar.com or email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org (4407 6772).
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