St Luke’s to Drive Girls’ Football Forward

St Luke’s Church of England School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust has been selected to be a Barclays Girls Football Association School Partner for 21/22 academic year. The school was invited to put an application into the Youth Sport Trust (YST) to become a partner school and was informed of its success last week.

Kealey Sherwood, Headteacher at St Luke’s, said this is fantastic news for our school and the wider community. We are very much looking forward to the opportunities this will provide our young people along with supporting the aims of the FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships in creating an active and confident generation.

The Football Association supported by Barclays and the Youth Sport Trust have recruited a network of education-based partnerships with schools throughout England. Known as FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships – supported by Barclays, they are strategic partnerships with families of schools that are committed to the growth and development of girls’ football.

The role of St Luke’s is to build with the local community of schools and providers, opportunities for girls to play football, during the curriculum, in social times, extracurricular and outside of school. Through these outcomes set by the YST, Football Association and Barclays, we will build to the collective vision of every girl having equal access to football by 2024.

Mr Gillard, who put the application on behalf of St Luke’s, said “this is a great opportunity for all the schools across Exeter and Mid Devon to be a part of a growing movement which means every girl in the wider school community will have access to playing football. This is such a powerful tool for teaching staff to use to strengthen the links between being active, living a healthy lifestyle and academic achievement. I am really looking forward to getting started!”

For any more information about how to get involved in the programme, visit St Luke’s website

For more information about the FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships – supported by Barclays visit