Since the current academic year began in September 2017, Joelle has delivered 40 sessions to over 130 individuals in six schools which have been;
St Mary and St Michael
Throughout the remainder of this academic year, it is expected that over 150 more girls will have the opportunity of attending these free sessions with Joelle scheduled to be visiting Amherst, Castel, Hautes Capelles, La Houguette, La Mare De Carteret, St Martins and Vale primary schools.
Being given the opportunity to participate in a female only environment gives the girls the confidence to develop their skills and be inspired to take part in football outside of school. The girls who participate in the Deloitte after-school programme are sign-posted towards attending the Guernsey FA Player Development Centre which has been continually increasing in numbers due to the programme of activity within local schools. The sessions that are provided are based around introducing girls to the sport, ensure the girls are having fun and at the same time further developing their physical literacy.
Planning has already begun for the GFA, in partnership with Deloitte, to will host another fun festival for girls in the summer. This was a successful event last year that provided an opportunity for the girls to play football against girls from other school across the island.
For the first time since Joelle’s employment as Football Development Officer for Women and Girls, the GFA is expecting to see girls who were part of the initial after-school programmes in 2014 taking part in the annual Year 5&6 schools 5-aside tournament. This tournament will be held at Beau Sejour on Friday 2nd
March and is being organised by the Guernsey Schools FA. The GFA, through Joelle, will be supporting this event and is looking forward to seeing many familiar faces taking part in their first official competitive girl’s only tournament.