An upcoming nationwide campaign encourages girls at school to take part in football in an all-day event.

#LetGirlsPlay is spearheaded by the FA and Barclays, and aims for girls to have the same football opportunities as boys in schools and clubs by 2024.

Schools are encouraged to sign up for their next event on 8 March, the “Biggest EVER Football Session” 2023.

The FA said that only 63 per cent of schools currently offer girls’ football in PE lessons.

Over 90,000 girls from 1450 primary and secondary schools took part in last year’s instalment of the programme.

Former England international and Barclays ambassador Kelly Smith MBE told the FA: “When I started my journey in football, I had no other choice but to play in a local boys’ team and I wasn’t offered the opportunity to play football in school during PE lessons.

“The campaign is one that’s very close to my heart and something I am extremely passionate about when it comes to providing equal access to football for young girls.”

The campaign can be found on the FA’s website.