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Inclusive football team encourages more girls to take up the sport

Participation in sport is lower for girls from ethnic minority backgrounds Credit: ITV Wales

A football team in Cardiff are encouraging more girls from ethnic minority backgrounds to get involved in sport.

Participation in sport is lower for girls than boys, but for those from ethnic minority backgrounds, it is even lower.

One barrier facing girls can be what to wear on the pitch Credit: ITV Wales

One barrier facing girls can be what to wear on the pitch, with some girls encouraged to wear shorts, or take off their headscarves.

But in this team, who meet at Grange Gardens, players can wear whatever they want.

Girls can wear anything from islamic dress to shorts and a t-shirt. Some of them even play while fasting for ramadan.

Ayah has seen the team grow from strength to strength Credit: ITV Wales

Their coach, Ayah Abduldaim, who is only eighteen, has seen the team grow.

''The first week I only had two girls. Now I have up to 25'' Ayah said.

Where I live we don't have many opportunities so for me to be able to run this is huge for them and me.''

The inclusive team has had a positive impact on girls in the community and encouraged them to develop a love for sport, something Ayah herself wished she had growing up.

It motivates me so much because I didn't have this when I was younger. For me to be able to provide it for other girls, it brings me joy.

– Ayah Abduldaim