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Female players have their say!
 Women's Football News 19 Sep 2014
Last week Cumberland FA hosted a Female Player Conference, which saw over 40 players, managers, coaches, parents and league officials in attendance. 
The conference was set up to act as a platform for female players to have their say, discuss the future and take a look at some proposed plans moving forward. Over the past 12 months there has been a small decline in the number of teams playing in the County itself.  This led us to investigate and research into why either women are dropping out of the game or are playing elsewhere.
Our research has been focused around the players themselves; we asked them what they liked to play, why they play, when is the best time/place to play. The main discussions on the evening were geared around how our new proposals will get more women actively playing the game; we touched on removing competitive league tables, making football fun and enjoyable, adding social opportunities to the programme and generally making the Women's Football Offer fit for purpose.
The majority of players agreed on the idea of informal football; offering mid-week 5 a side; small sided 7v7 / 9v9 games; yet still hosting 11v11 games as and when during the programme (e.g. Women's Senior County Cup).  Discussions moved onto winter provision, and the idea of indoor leagues and Futsal; to summer provision and hosting a Women's 11v11 summer competition.
Jess Lawson, Football Development Officer said: "Last week we took a huge step forward for the women's game in Cumberland.  For the first time ever we were able to create an environment that made players feel welcome, ask questions, gain feedback and insight and get them to express their feelings. We look forward to continuing our work with the female players of Cumberland in supporting brand new activity as part of the Women's Football Offer 2014-15."
Our next steps include supporting some midweek activity with our female groups in the County, and establishing club football opportunities. We aim to host a Women's 5-a-side evening in October 2014 with the aim to get as many County League players both new and old along to play. 
If you would like further information on our Women's Football Offer or if you would like to get involved, then please contact Jess on (01900) 872310, or e-mail Jessica.Lawson@CumberlandFA.com. 
(Source: www.cumberlandfa.com)

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