Wakefield Trinity Ladies Football Club were formed in early-2019 and currently play in the North East Regional Women’s Football League Southern Division (First team), the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women and Girls League (Development team & Under-18’s) and the Women’s FA Cup.
They were placed second when Covid-19 struck globally and subsequently the season was voided with all results expunged.
Trinity have aspirations to perform at an elite level and have therefore begun delivery in schools, grassroots clubs and are forming global partnerships, more recently with the Sseninde Foundation in Uganda who act to engage more women and girls in Football but also empower youth and communities through education and non-formal training.
Ready To Play;
‘Ready to Play’ will use the inspiration of the Women’s World Cup to inspire a new generation of female football players through offering after school football participation opportunities for 120 girls aged 5-11. Qualified football coaches from Wakefield Trinity Ladies FC will offer the after school sessions at the following three primary schools located in Hemsworth across the 2019/20 academic year: West End Academy, Sacred Heart, and Grove Lea. Twelve sessions will be provided per school for each of the following age groups, 5-7. 7-9, and 9-11. In addition, coaches will offer three, two-day half term camp programmes delivered from Outwood Academy Hemsworth for girls from the school sessions to participate in.
For many girls, ‘Ready to Play’ will provide the first opportunity for them to play football, therefore sessions will focus on basic skill development, promoting healthy lifestyles and instilling confidence and self-belief within the girls. At the end of the twelve-block school programme, participants will be encouraged to progress into the 5-11 age groups run by Wakefield Trinity club which provide weekly training and regular competitive opportunities against other teams in the West Yorkshire area.
‘Ready to Play’ meets the Trust’s key theme of promoting positive health and wellbeing. Through targeting an area of deprivation, we are consciously aware of the health inequality children and young people face, particularly around obesity. A key objective of the project therefore is to instill an awareness in both the participants and their parents of the importance of physical activity and eating healthy.
Using sport as a catalyst to promote female participation and wellbeing is a key objective of the Foundation. It currently engages over two-hundred females per week through its delivery of the Trinity Ladies rugby league and football teams based from the Sharlston Rovers ARLFC and Hemsworth Miners Welfare Football Club. All programmes are delivered by a passionate, hard-working and dedicated team of professionally qualified coaches and tutors and at the heart of our organisation is an understanding of the vital role that sport and can play in engaging, educating and inspiring people of all ages and abilities.
Working through the powerful voices of our Ladies rugby league and football players combined with the brand of Wakefield Trinity, Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation will deliver two ‘Empower’ sessions each week at the Mobile Rocket Stadium and Hemsworth Miners Sports Club from 6pm.
Both venues offer good accessibility routes for local women and are situated in areas of high deprivation where significant health inequalities exist.
Each session will be eighty-minutes in duration, split into two halves. The first forty-minutes will be dedicated to participation in physical activity (intensity appropriate) through low impact football, touch rugby, and fitness classes, with the second half led by qualified instructor who will deliver positive wellbeing workshops designed to promote mental resilience and improved understanding of healthy lifestyles. Content will include understanding of mental fitness, coping skills, stress management strategies, relaxation techniques, and diet.
‘Empower’ sessions will be promoted within local media including the Wakefield Gazette, Rhubarb Radio and BBC Radio Leeds, voluntary group settings such as the ‘Well Women Centre’, and across the social media platforms run by Wakefield Trinity. Foundation staff will work closely with schools in the immediate areas of the project to support referral pathways.
Player Development Centre;
Our Player Development Centres are designed to offer additional training for football players associated with a local grassroots football club. Our centres will provide high quality coaching to enable players to improve their skills, techniques, knowledge & understanding of the game. All coaches are minimum FA Level 2 qualified (Head Coaches minimum UEFA B) with vital qualifications in first aid and safeguarding.
Hemsworth PDC (WF9) Woodkirk PDC (WF3)
Lead Coach: TBC Lead Coach: TBC
Venue: Outwood Academy Hemworth Venue: Woodkirk Academy
Gender: Female Gender: Female
Age Group: U12-U16 Age Group: U12-U16