06 Nov 2019

The FA’s Shooting Stars initiative has launched in 1,200 primary schools across England to inspire girls to get active and learn the fundamentals of football. There are different levels of the programme to cater for different ages: 4-7 year olds and 7-11 year olds. The FA’s Shooting Stars initiative is available in over 1,200 primary schools in the first year of the programme but has ambitions to increase the number of schools taking part year-on-year. It is an integral part of the FA’s ‘Gameplan for Growth’ strategy for women’s and girls’ football, where they have the ambition of doubling participation by 2020.

The FA’s Shooting Stars Active Play Through Storytelling inspired by Disney - Using storytelling from Disney and Pixar’s 2018 smash-hit animated superhero movie Incredibles 2 and the classic 1992 animated version of Disney’s Aladdin, this part of the programme aims to capture Key Stage 1 girls’ imaginations whilst developing their fundamental movement and speaking and listening skills. Developed in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, these sessions, which aim to be the start of a child’s journey into sport, also allow the girls the opportunity to achieve the learning objectives which are based on the national curriculum for Key Stage 1 English and PE.

The FA’s Shooting Stars Girls’ Football Club inspired by Disney - These sessions see Key Stage 2 girls using the storytelling inspiration of the animated Disney XD TV series Guardians of the Galaxy to advance their sporting journey into a girls only after school club, where they will learn basic footballing skills whilst engaging in imaginative play.