Students from Preston Muslim Girls High School in Deepdale have been benefitting from an after school football club run by Preston North End Community and Education Trust.
The club allows girls in year 7 and year 8 to practise and play football in their spare time, with the aim of improving participants’ mental and physical health, while also providing a number of social benefits.
Speaking of how students have benefitted from the after school club, PNECET Inclusion Manager Melissa Brown said: “We all know that football is great for physical and mental health, so the fact that we can promote that through the football club and the link with the school is fantastic.
“These girls are supposed to finish on a Friday at lunchtime, but they stay behind and come to football and again that comes to show they are keen for it, the obviously enjoy the sessions and want to come back. But it’s not just the football, it’s not just the mental benefits, it’s making new friends as well.
Student Faatimah Munshi added: “I enjoy how we learn new tactics and we get to play with our friends, and we learn skills about football and more things every day.
“You learn how to communicate to people better and how to talk to people better and then how other people are and how to work with them.”