Women's Football

Barclays to double investment in women's football & become first sponsor of Women's Championship

Sean Walsh
Leicester won the 2020/21 FA Women's Championship
Leicester won the 2020/21 FA Women's Championship / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

The FA, Premier League and Barclays have announced new three-year deals to extend the bank’s sponsorships of elite women's competitions from the start of the 2022/23 season until the end of the 2024/25 season.

Barclays will now invest more than £30m in women’s and girls’ football from 2022 to 2025, double that of the existing investment for the previous three-year period. This will set a new record for investment in UK women’s sport.

Additionally, Barclays will become the first title sponsor of the FA Women's Championship from the 2022/23 season.

The bank will increase its investment in girls’ grassroots development, extending their sponsorship of The FA Girls’ Football School Partnerships (FAGFSP) with the aim of giving girls equal access to football in schools. After Barclays became sponsor of the FAGFSP in 2019, it has seen 9,700 new schools join the scheme taking the total to over 12,000.

The increased funding will help the FA expand the number of people working on the programme and achieve the aim of 20,000 schools offering football to girls by 2024.

Kelly Simmons, the FA’s Director of Women’s Professional Game, said in a press release: “Barclays have played a crucial role in the growth of women’s and girls’ football, so it is excellent news that they are committing to a new record investment in the women’s and girls’ pyramid until 2025.

"As part of the FA’s 2020-2024 Women’s and Girls’ strategy, Inspiring Positive Change, we set ourselves the ambition of providing equal access for all girls at 90% of primary and secondary schools in the UK, and Barclays continued support and investment has allowed us to make great strides in achieving this ambition.

“From grassroots to the top tiers of women’s football, we are also extremely excited to welcome Barclays as the new title sponsor of the FA Women’s Championship. The FA Women’s Championship plays a pivotal role in the ongoing development of the pyramid structure and the credible history and association to football that Barclays has will make the league even stronger.”