Wildcat Festival 07


Check out everything Durham FA has to offer for Women's & Girl's Football!


Women and Girls football in England continues to grow following the success of the England Lionesses in the Women’s Euros two years ago, and with the Women’s side reaching the 2023 World Cup Final last year, this year has never been a better time to get involved in the game whether that is as a player, coach or referee.

Below we have various FA programmes and events which are currently available for women and girls to join and take part in.

For more information on opportunities around Women and Girls Football please email Helen.Edwards@DurhamFA.com.

Durham FA Girls 2024 Holiday Courses

This year we will be running Girls Only Holiday Courses for girls aged 6-11-years old at Riverside Sports Complex, Chester le Street on the below dates:

Tuesday 28th May/ Wednesday 29th May 2024- 9am-3pm

Tuesday 30th/ Wednesday 31st July 2024- 9am-3pm

Thursday 22th August/ Friday 23th August 2024- 9am-3pm

To express your interest, please email amy.richardson@durhamfa.com

Squad Goals


This is a new programme devised by the FA to provide girls between the ages of 12-14 a fun, relevant and engaging recreational offer that allows them to develop themselves as much as their football skills in a safe, inclusive environment. We currently have thirteen Squad Girl providers who run weekly sessions throughout the County. To find and book onto your nearest session please click here or email amy.richardson@durhamfa.com

Sported Barclays Community Fund  

In August 2022 Sported opened their ‘Barclays Community Football Fund’ which is available for any clubs who are looking to create new female or disability teams/ sessions at their club. Clubs will receive £500 worth of funding to use towards the running of the new team/ session as well as additional benefits which will be listed below.

Please note that each club can only apply for one funding pot in each funding window. However, the club will be able to apply in the next two funding windows for additional funding if required to create additional teams in the future. Find out more information here

Additional benefits of the funding include:


Weetabix Wildcats sessions are non-competitive football for girls aged 5-11 years who want to give it a go for the very first time or want to play with other girls their own age. Most importantly, Weetabix Wildcats is all about having loads of fun and meeting new amazing friends. We currently have 41 Weetabix Wildcat providers who run weekly sessions throughout the County. To find and book onto your nearest session please click here or email amy.richardson@durhamfa.com


The Durham FA Girls Player Development Centre runs on a Friday evening at the Riverside Sports Complex Chester le Street. It caters for U11-U16 girls who also continue to play for their Grassroots Football Club; last season we engaged 90 females in the programme.
The programme offers an opportunity for girls to receive additional coaching to support their on-going development. The sessions are age appropriate whilst being engaging and challenging. All of the coaches who lead the sessions are Level 2, 3 or A Licensed.
We will be releasing the details of our Girls Player Development Centre for the 24-25 season shortly. Information will be available on our website and on our social media channels when details have been confirmed. If you would like further information or would like to register your interest for your daughter to attend next season then please email amy.richardson@durhamfa.com


Whether you're a Mam, an Auntie or a friend and fancy giving football a go for the first time or would love to get back into the game, we have 11 women’s recreational football sessions available for you to get involved regardless of your ability, age or fitness levels which currently take place across the County. For session information including information on how to book, please click here

If you would like more information on Women’s Recreational Football and the sessions available for you to join please click here


On Sunday 23rd June 2024 and Sunday 1st September 2024, we will be running a Women’s Recreational Tournament for women who are looking to play football for the first time or looking to get back into the game. No affiliated 11-a-side players are able to play.

The 8v8 tournaments will take place at Riverside Sports Complex, Chester le Street, between 10am-1:30pm.

To register a team please email amy.richardson@durhamfa.com



Building on the success of last season’s league, Durham FA will be again running their monthly women’s recreational league which will take place once a month for non-affiliated players to take part in from October 2022. The league will be 7v7 and will run once a month where teams will play a minimum of two games a month against other women’s recreational teams in the County. To find out more information on the league, please email amy.richardson@durhamfa.com



The Durham County FA Women’s League has grown from strength to strength with 33 teams entering for Season 23-24. This saw the League split into three divisions; League One, League Two and Development Division ensuring that the League caters for all abilities. To keep up to date with the League for Season 23-24 please click hereApplications are still open for new teams to enter therefore for more information please email Mark.Smith@DurhamFA.com or phone 0191 3872929 (Option 2, Option 2).



Over the last 2 seasons, Durham County FA have delivered free Female Only Coach Development Events which have engaged 70 female coaches.

The aim of the group is to provide a safe environment for female coaches to learn and grow as well as giving them the opportunity to network and learn from other female coaches within the County.

Details for the 2024-2025 Female Coach Development Group CPD events will be announced soon.

To register your name for the programme and receive information on the up and coming CPD events please click here.