Thinking about starting a women's recreational football session?

Funding is available to help you get going

Generations of women never got to experience the joy of football. But it’s never too late, and you’re never too old to get involved.

As the nation celebrates the Lionesses historic Euro 2022 final victory, the record-breaking tournament has not only inspired the next generation of young girls to get involved in football but also those women that never got the chance to play the beautiful game.

We want to continue the feel-good factor around women’s football by supporting individuals, groups, organisations and clubs with funding to kick off their own women’s recreational football sessions in Sheffield or Rotherham.

Aimed at getting women aged 16 and over playing a version of football, the funding can be used to set up taster sessions, 6 week sessions, long term session, events, festivals, inclusion projects and bespoke ideas.

The type of session you run is entirely down to you. It can be any version of the game; Soccercise, walking football, Just Play, etc.

The funding can be used to hire facilities, purchase equipment and/or to organise coached sessions.


Sara Harnett, Women’s Recreational Football Officer at the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA, is encouraging anybody thinking about starting their own women’s recreational football session to apply now.

Sara said: “The EUROs has created such a buzz around women’s football. We’ve already seen more women getting in touch with us to find where their local recreational session is, so even though the tournament has ended we want to keep the momentum going!
“We want women to claim the game of football for their own; however they want, where they want and when they want.  We can’t wait to see providers jump on board and start sessions in their community and take advantage of the funding and support on offer.”

For more information, please contact Sara Harnett at or by calling 07805 683784


Please note that the funding window closes on Monday 19th September 2022 at 10am and only applies to the Women’s Euro 2022 host cities of Sheffield and Rotherham.