Barnet Panthers was formed in Spring 2022 after a group of parents looking for alternative football options for their daughters approached three coaches and asked them to set up a new team.
The club was founded on the basis of providing a safe and supportive, fun, nurturing environment for girls to play and enjoy football, and enable their development both on and off the pitch.
It is inclusive with a strong focus on embracing and supporting the community, with parent involvement being key.
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Starting with seven players back then, the club now trains over 60 girls a week with four teams playing in various leagues across London and Hertfordshire.
In addition, the club are also running development sessions for girls who are looking to gain more experience before starting their competitive league football adventure
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Founding coaches Billy, Darren and Dave have been working in football for years. Darren played football at semi-pro level and is an FA-qualified UEFA C coach who has worked with numerous boys and girls teams. He was awarded an MBE for delivering educational football programmes to partners in countries all over the world for the Premier League
Dave also played semi-pro football, taking up coaching after his playing career was cut short by injury.
Billy is well known for his activism and diversity work in the game. Working closely with organisations such as Kick it Out, FA and the FSA, he has worked tirelessly to make football a sport in which people, especially young girls, can watch football in a safe and fun environment. He is an FA Qualified coach and was voted onto the Football Blacklist for work in Grassroots and Community.
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As well as the core coaching team of experienced and qualified coaches, the club is also providing pathways for new female coaches to develop and gain experience working with our teams and are developing a personal development programme for the girls away from the actual football
Barnet Panthers are very active in the community, regularly delivering football to girls at local Barnet schools’ PE and after-school clubs. They also partnered with Brentford FC – organising a Euro 2022 girls schools football tournament involving over 30 teams, including two clubs from Denmark and a number of local Barnet schools
Since formation, Panthers can celebrate:
- Over sixty players training with them from development to league level
- Teams playing in the Hertfordshire Football Partnership League, Capital Girls League and Girls Superleague
- A diverse set of players and coaching staff
- Two players accepted by a Premier League Emerging Talent Centre and seven players accepted into Premier League Development Programme
- A clear player Pathway from Development to our Division 2 team to our Division 1 team to an ETC
- England Accreditation
- U13s 2022/23 League reaching the League Cup Final
- U14s Gold 2022/23 gaining promotion
- U13s 2022/23 Denham Tournament Winners
- Inception of 30-school Womens Euro 2022 schools tournament – partnered with Brentford
- Organising trip for 70 players and family to Holland for an international Easter Football tournament
- Four players passing their FA referee qualifications
- Personal development plan for players including developing opportunities for girls outside of playing football
- Developing a Positive Support Policy to ensure that matches take place in a positive environment