UEFA and Disney have announced a four-year extension of UEFA Playmakers to 2027. This pan-European participation initiative has already introduced over 3,200 girls aged between 5–8 years old to football in Scotland.
Parents in Scotland have reported that the programme has inspired their daughters who’ve taken part to keep playing football, with 80% saying they’d like to join a local team.
UEFA Playmakers has had a tangible impact in Scotland, succeeding in the aim of getting more girls participating through play and storytelling as well as providing unique opportunities for girls to explore a pathway into the game in a safe, fun and engaging environment.
Shirley Martin, Head of Girls’ and Women’s Football, Scottish FA said: “We’re delighted with the impact UEFA Playmakers has made here in Scotland. It’s helped to offer a first experience of basic moves and life skills delivered through football to young girls across the country which we hope turns into a lifelong love for the sport.
“We’ve seen many girls join Soccer Centres or local teams after participating in the programme which is fantastic. Giving more young girls access to the game at an early age is crucial, not only for engagement with the game, but for encouraging new friendships and increased physical activity.”
UEFA Playmakers sessions are held in 118 centres across Scotland by over 160 UEFA playmakers trained coaches.
Disney’s ‘Encanto’ is the latest film to join UEFA Playmakers, after Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2, Disney’s Frozen 2 and Moana, all featuring a strong female lead.
You can find out more about the programme and how to get involved here.