Ladies launch Girls' Football Week

Arsenal Ladies kicked off their Girls’ Football Week programme with three sessions on Monday.

This week has been designated by the FA to encourage as many girls and women as possible to get involved with the sport.

We are proud to be supporting the initiative and will be present at more than 30 events throughout the week.

Jordan Nobbs and Leah Williamson got the ball rolling at St Albans Girls School on Monday afternoon, before Danielle van de Donk and Dominique Janssen joined in with a session put on for the girls of Maccabi London Lionesses later that evening.

The final session of our opening trio of events came at Cotlandswick Leisure Centre with Williamson reappearing alongside Dan Carter at a five-a-side league women aged 16 and over.

Reflecting on the opening day, Van de Donk emphasised the importance of female role models within sport.

"I hope we motivate them to play more football, to exercise and to train harder and play better. But just to have a lot of fun," she told

"It’s starting to change a bit. I’m 25 years old and only had men to look up to. If there are women for girls to look up to now, I think that’s good.

"It’s good that you get to see girls here, it’s improving every year."

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