Shooting Stars

FA launches new Shooting Stars initiative inspired by Disney storytelling

We’re inspiring young girls to get active and learn about football through the magic of storytelling.

About the programme

Shooting Stars is a programme created in partnership with the FA, Disney and the Youth Sport Trust.

Through specially-adapted Disney stories including Aladdin and Incredibles 2, girls are led through a series of physical activities and challenges. Sessions are based on the KS1 English and PE curriculum and help girls aged 5 to 8 improve their physical, speaking and listening skills.

1,200 schools are taking part in the first phase of the programme, and have been given training and resources to help them deliver it.

However, any school can take part in the programme by visiting girlsfootballinschools.org to sign up for free resources.

Benefits

The pilot phase of the programme found that it helped the girls taking part to:

  • Get active

    Parents and teachers reported that the sessions were physically tiring, and that the girls enjoyed rising to the challenge each week.

  • Improve their communication and teamwork skills

    The programme gave them the opportunity to work with friends as well as girls outside of their friendship group.

  • Get better at football

    Coaches reported improvements in the girls' technical skills week-on-week.

  • Be more confident

    Girls self-reported an improvement in their confidence levels.