NEW women’s football sessions are being launched in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Town Community Trust, which is based at The Zone off Leeds Road, is hosting the Female Football Development programme (FFD).

The free weekly sessions, are being funded by the Football League Trust, for females over 14, and start next Tuesday (January 13) from 6pm-7pm.

The Football League Trust is set to play an integral role in the progression of the Women’s and Girls’ game as it looks to drive participation growth and retention, as it deliver thousands of free sessions via its network of Football League clubs and community schemes including the Huddersfield Town Community Trust.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of national game and women’s football said: “One of our biggest challenges, apart from attracting new players, is retention, so programmes like this which run for long periods of time, will certainly help us tackle that and help women’s football to become the second most-played sport in the country.”

By focusing on fun and fitness rather than competition and performance FFD has brought the benefits of sport to women and girls who previously might not have considered playing football.

“The relaxed, social atmosphere has also encouraged players back to the sport who had previously left the game because they didn’t enjoy the overly competitive nature of the sport,” said Kelly .

Jennie Price, Sport England Chief Executive said: “It is great to see so many women and girls taking up the opportunity to play football thanks to this programme.

“Getting women and girls active is really important to us.

“We know women play less sport than men but most would like to do more. In fact, almost 120,000 women tell us that they want to play football. But the opportunities have to be right for those women to turn ambition into a reality.”

To book your place call Rob Day on 01484 484 189 or via email at