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Our Winning Hat-Trick For Women

9 March 2021

In a week when the world is celebrating the incredible contributions made by women, we thought we'd highlight a hat-trick of initiatives making a real difference to life at AFC Wimbledon.

Kasha Petit is leading an inspirational campaign that focuses on helping thousands of girls across London improve their fitness.

Our brilliant Female Football Development and Social Inclusion Officer is running a new online football fitness programme every Wednesday. Tomorrow's session even has an extra-special International Women's Day theme which guarantees a prize for the school providing the most participants.

Running between 6pm and 6.45pm, you can join in via the online platform, Google Meet.

Funded by The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT), the programme is aimed at tackling physical inactivity among girls who live in London’s most-disadvantaged areas. In its first year, our AFC Wimbledon  Foundation joined forces with the likes of Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Chelsea to encourage 5,000 girls and young women to participate.

So far, the LMCT has awarded £820,000 to London United, an umbrella organisation which brings together all 14  professional football clubs in the capital.

For more information, send an e-mail to kashapetit@afcwimbledonfoundation.org.uk or sign-up by visiting the AFC Wimbledon Foundation website .

Our fabulous Foundation is also running a girls only player development centre for talented female footballers  between the ages of 10 and 14 who live in the Wimbledon, Merton and Wandsworth areas.

The centre provides an extra edge for promising players by offering quality coaching. New recruits will be surrounded by players of similar ability and staff will help develop technical skills to give girls the confidence to play even better football.

To show the world what you can do visit this Foundation page for further details.

Completing our hat-trick is the return of our inspirational campaign to encourage more women to feel at home watching our matches.

'Women At The Game' (WatG) is aimed at female fans of all ages who maybe feel slightly intimidated or daunted in a  predominantly-male environment.

We try to overcome this barrier by bringing women and girls together so they can enjoy a match as a group in a safe and friendly setting.

This season is extra difficult because of the current lockdown regulations - but we remain undaunted! So, we've allocated our upcoming  home game against Fleetwood on April 5 to give you a taster of what we can do.

Any female fan, young or old, will be invited to watch the game on iFollow (codes will be made available by the club).

To help make this more inclusive, we will first hold a pre-match session which will be an introductory meeting (about a week before the game) when we can all get to know one another.

That will be followed by the game - and then a final post-match session, hopefully a day later. We are aiming to organise some fun online activities during the game but overwhelmingly our aim is to create friendships and a bond that will help make watching AFC Wimbledon matches even special for women - especially when we can all physically be together watching games at Plough Lane.

For more details, send an email to watgafcwimbledon@gmail.com.


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