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What is it?

Our inclusion team are responsible for supporting mainstream and special schools to tackle inequalities through our SEND, Girls Football Partnership, Boys Move & WHISPA programmes. This targeted work is vital to support the health and wellbeing of our most disadvantaged young people.

Our Inclusion Development Officer is specifically responsible for the Inspire2 group, which consists of 11 special schools in Leicestershire. Through their Inspire2 membership, the special schools have access to appropriate programmes and events giving their pupils positive experiences of physical activity and the opportunity to be physically active.

Our City SEND competition calendar is accessible to all Leicester City schools as part of the ‘free school games offer’ and gives all children with SEND in mainstream and special schools’ access to various competitions and the opportunity to represent the City at Level 3 events.

Our Female Engagement Officer works throughout all of the Inspire Together strands to support, encourage & inspire girls of all ability to participate in sport activities with confidence. They are specifically responsible for positively engaging both Primary & Secondary girls into playing football.

What do you offer?

In addition to our calendar of competitions, we offer many different programmes, some of which can be specifically designed for individual schools.

Our Primary Programmes
This Girl Can – is an intervention programme aimed specifically for girls aged between 7-11 years old who lack confidence in taking part in PE lessons. Mini Whispa is a bespoke 6 weeks programme where the group decide which sport they would like to do. This could be sport they enjoyed in their PE lesson or new sports they would like to try.

Disney Inspired Shooting Stars – is an initiative created by the FA, Disney, National Literacy Trust and the Youth Sport Trust. It has been designed to engage girls aged between 5-11 in sport.

The programme aims to develop their speaking and listening skills through creative play and storytelling and supports the development of their physical literacy and basic footballing skills.

Primary Schools are encouraged to register their schools to the Barclays Girls Football School Partnership and attend the Disney Shooting Star training which they can then deliver in their respective schools.  Our Female Engagement Officer will be able to mentor / support the teachers in delivering the Disney shooting stars programme.

We aim to:

  • Challenge inequality for vulnerable & minority groups.
  • Creating equal opportunities for all young people.
  • Young people experiencing and accepting the diverse range of needs and ability within their community.
  • Raising the profile of disability sport & opportunities.
  • ‘Give girls equal access to football in schools by 2024’

About our Team

Dan Hewins

School Sport & Inclusion Manager

Tom Lemmon

Inclusion Development Officer

Jen Gadsby

Health, Wellbeing and Female Engagement Officer