Manu Zinsberger and Louise Quinn were on hand to help Arsenal in the Community launch their new Premier League Girls Kicks programme.
The Arsenal Women duo visited The Hub – home of Arsenal in the Community – to show support for the programme, which aims to tackle the physical inactivity of teenage girls living in north London.
With rising levels of youth violence increasingly affecting girls and women across the capital, Kicks Girls offers young girls a safe space to play and enjoy football.
Supported by funding from the Premier League Charitable Trust and The London Marathon Charitable Trust, the programme also offers a series of educational workshops and qualifications for participants.
“This really is a special programme,” commented Quinn.
“It’s about getting more young girls playing football, building confidence and helping them to get over some of the anxieties they feel around taking part.
“It’s somewhere they can come and talk about things they are worried about, talk about things like their menstrual cycle and how they are feeling.
“It’s great that we can use football as this common interest to bring more young girls together.”
In addition to offering free football sessions in Islington, Camden and Hackney, Arsenal in the Community are working with the Brandon Centre to offer free confidential advice to help tackle the anxieties that prevent some teenage girls from taking part in football.
Participants will also have access to free sanitary products and educational workshops at the sessions, thanks to Arsenal in the Community’s partnership with the Red Box project.
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