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11 July 2016

The Notts County Ladies star visited Lancing.

England women’s international, Ellen White, visited a girls’ football session run by Albion in the Community (AITC), after the charity won a national award for encouraging more women to play football.

AITC runs a pioneering female football development programme and in the last 12 months alone, more than 500 girls have benefited from regular expert coaching as a result.

Earlier this year, AITC received an award from the FA in recognition of its work, and international centre forward Ellen White’s recent visit was part of the prize.

Kim Stenning, AITC’s women and girls participation officer, said, “It was fantastic to welcome Ellen to our session. It was a brilliant experience for our players to meet an England international and it shows them what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.

“More and more girls are starting to play football and having a successful England team with a higher profile really helps.

“Our thanks go to Ellen for giving up her time to come down to Lancing. Hopefully, she might have inspired a future international or two during her visit.”


AITC is holding two free soccer schools for local girls this summer – one in Hassocks and the other at the Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

The sessions are open to girls of all abilities aged between six and 13. The Hassocks event takes place at Hassocks Sports Centre in Dale Avenue on Tuesday 2nd August between 9.45am and 3pm, while the Lancing soccer school will run from 9.45am until 3pm on Tuesday 16th August.

Each football session is run by AITC’s qualified coaches and both days include mini workshops in areas of health, nutrition and physical activity.

American Express, which sponsors both events, will have employees on hand to support the programme as assistant coaches and match officials.

Places are open to girls across Sussex aged between six and 13, regardless of their abilities.

For more information or to book a free place email: or call: 01273 878277.

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