Dads and Daughters

Helping more young girls play football

According to recent research by the Football Association, only 36% of girls aged 10-16 play football, compared to 83% of boys. It also found that 42% of girls aged 10 who don't currently play football would like to.

As well as this, our own research found that dads are far more likely to spend time playing computer games with their daughters than go outside for a kick about with them. And only 20% of dads actively encourage their daughters to take an interest in football.

Our Dads and Daughters campaign aims to get more young girls to start playing football with the support of their dads. It celebrates fathers around the country who have played a major part in encouraging their daughters to get involved in the sport.

Read on to find out about Kelly Smith and Daisy McGregor – two players at opposite ends of the game who have connected with their dads through football.

England footballer Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith MBE

Kelly is a legend in women's football. She is England's all-time top goal scorer and six-time Women's FA Cup winner with Arsenal Ladies.

We spoke to Kelly and her dad Bernard about how they built a lasting bond through football.

Daisy McGregor

Daisy is a 12-year-old girl with Tourette's syndrome who has a passion for playing football.

Not only has this given Daisy a release from the stresses of her condition, it's also helped her build new friendships, given her a sense of belonging and strengthened her bond with her dad, Kenny.

Other ways we're supporting women's football

Dads and Daughters is just one of the ways we support women's football.

We also sponsor the SSE Women's FA Cup and we give football clubs funding to set up new teams and coaching sessions through the FA SSE Girls' Football Participation Programme.