Team Brave

Gloucestershire FA Womens Football Innovation Funding - Team Brave

Working with BRAVE, Gloucestershire FA have provided £1,184.00 of funding through the Women’s Football Innovation Fund


Gloucestershire FA Women’s Football Innovation Funding

GLOUCESTERSHIRE FA is delighted to support BRAVE with funding through the FA’s Female Game Innovation Funding.

With the excitement of the Women's World Cup looming, Gloucestershire FA are supporting unique projects that meet the ‘Football For All’ ethos and embrace the Gloucestershire FA’s vision of ‘Inspiring Everyone to Engage in Football.’

Working with BRAVE, Gloucestershire FA have provided £1,184.00 of funding through the Women’s Football Innovation Fund to support ‘Team Brave’ to develop opportunities for females of all ages, abilities, backgrounds to come together every Friday at St Paul's Sports Academy to play football and have fun being active together.

The main focus of the project is on fun and forming friendships. Project Lead for Brave, Rebecca Todd commented, 

‘We are aiming to attract women who may never have had the chance to access football/ sport before, or who may need to overcome barriers such as lack of confidence, self-esteem or ladies who have a fear of exclusion due to prior experiences (e.g. domestic violence victims, ex-drug users, refugees, ladies suffering from psychological or emotional problems etc). We want to form a hub for females to feel safe and accepted- and free to play’. 

‘We really hope to reach out to females across Bristol and build a strong football community that transcends racial, religious or educational borders- and just unites the city together’.

Funding has been offered to 4 projects in total which engage and inspire females from under-represented communities and can demonstrate at least 1 of the following objectives;
- Pilot opportunities for girls and women from diverse backgrounds to play, lead, coach, volunteer, officiate or be role models in their communities 
- Support an increase in Women's Adult Recreational Football, e.g. Just Play - Vets, Novice Women, Mums, Soccercise, Women's Walking Football 
- Increase opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to play 
- Social responsibility football projects where females have traditionally not been targeted (e.g. refugees & asylum seekers, offenders, faith groups
Alexis Lunn-Gadd, Football Development Officer for Women’s and Girls’ Football at Gloucestershire FA quoted, ‘We are delighted to be able to support Team Brave with funding to help them create football sessions aimed at women who may have not had the chance to participate in the past due to a whole host of different barriers. We’ve tasked Team Brave with engaging at least 20 females in the sessions as well as providing opportunities to up-skill those who may want to undertake an FA Level 1 to support their development in confidence, self-esteem and build their leadership skills.’

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