The FA Girls’ Football Festivals are a joint initiative between the FA and Continental Tyres, providing girls aged five to 16 with an exciting, interactive football experience for those new to the game and regular players, with an overall intention of increasing participation in girls’ football.
Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a whole range of activities, including taking on Conti interactive challenges, consisting of quick feet, batak boards and a speed cage. They will also get to take part in five-a-side games, a refereeing workshop and even have the chance to have their hair braided and faces painted to give the day a little more sparkle.
The festivals aim to offer a fun and unique footballing experience to the girls while complementing the work the FA is doing with its ‘We Can Play’ campaign, which focuses on eradicating existing stereotypes, while maintaining and increasing participation across the girls’ game.
Since their inauguration in 2011 over 40,000 girls have taken part in a FA Girls’ Football Festival, and with their travelling nature, girls from all over the country have had the opportunity to experience the fun filled day.
Marzena Bogdanowicz, The FA’s Head of Commercial and Marketing for Women’s Football said: “In a busy summer for women’s football, The FA – with our Gameplan for Growth - remain committed to doubling girls’ football participation by 2020. The FA Girls’ Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres is a perfect opportunity to inspire girls throughout East Riding to get involved in the game.”
The young athletes will have the opportunity to meet some of the local stars of the FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL). Both players will be joining in with the day’s festivities, giving the girls advice and tips they have picked up along the way as well as taking part in a question and answer session.
It’s not just the FAWSL stars who will be showing off their tricks as Charlotte Lade, world renowned football freestylist, will be on hand to offer the girls all of her knowledge and expertise.
For more information on women’s football and where to play please visit www.TheFA.com/womens.